Busy Mom Challenge – BLT-ish Pasta

It is truly amazing what all you can get accomplished trying to avoid the one thing you need to do the most.  I know I have a beautiful laundry room that I am super proud of, but that doesn’t mean that I have to like laundry.  In fact, it is something that I actually greatly dislike.  Earlier this week I had about four (to five) loads of laundry that made their way from the dryer to the folding table, then to the basket still unfolded to make room for another unfolded load, etcetera, etcetera.  The basket of unfolded clothes as well as the other unfolded loads made their way up to our room, where I proceeded to dump it all on the bed as a threat to myself that I couldn’t get in my bed until they were folded; however, my threat was empty and they ended up on the floor, which in turn got mixed in with some dirty clothes and, in turn, all had to be washed again.

I took the day off earlier this week, so that I could accomplish “some things” around the house, the main one being the four (to five) loads of unfolded laundry, but found about a thousand other things to do instead as usual.  One of those many things was to get invites out for an upcoming sip and see I am hosting with a group of friends, so I called one of the other hostesses to come over and help me assemble the invitations and promised lunch.  Since I was so busy not doing laundry, I knew I had to come up with something quick.  Not sure why BLT sandwiches were on the brain……probably because they are guuuudd!!!, so that’s what I decided to go with.  I had a couple of challenges, though, because I needed to make it gluten-free for my friend and because I’m not too fond of mayonnaise except in the most perfect of conditions, I swapped the bread for gluten-free rigatonni and mayonnaise for Laughing Cow Light French Onion Wedges.  Mary loved it and so did i!! It had the classic flavors of a BLT, but with a few adjustments was even better (or at least I think so).   As for the laundry, I finally put it all away (three days later), but the little trolls that show up at night and wear all of our clothes paid us yet another visit and now I am back up to a few loads that need to be folded and put away.  The fun never ends in the world of laundry!

BLT-ish Pasta

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb gluten-free spiral pasta
  • 1 quart low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4-5 slices cooked turkey bacon
  • 1/3 cup basil, sliced
  • 1-2 ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 wedges Laughing Cow Light French Onion cheese wedges
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat chicken broth in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil. Add pasta. Bring back to a boil. Cover and turn off heat. Let cook 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a saute pan, cook bacon until crisp.
  3. Chop tomatoes and basil. Once pasta is cooked, strain, rinse with cold water and pour into a large bowl. Add Laughing Cow wedges and toss to coat. Pasta should still be warm enough to soften cheese until creamy.
  4. Add tomatoes, basil and bacon to pasta mixture and toss to coat. Season with salt & pepper. Serve warm.
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Comments

  1. That looks & sounds delicious. I love cooking with Laughing Cow. I put it everywhere I can. It’s a perfect replacement for mayo which I don’t really enjoy either:)

  2. Oh my gosh this looks amazing! I love that it looks super fattening but isn’t! Great job!

    • Thanks, Bree! I take that as a big compliment from you, Skinny Mommy!!

      • This salad was great, but I added another wedge of the spread as it seemed a little dry to me. I also added some red onion. The longer it sat the better it got. Try it you’ll love it.

      • So glad you liked it!! Sometimes the type of pasta you use will absorb the liquid differently. I have found when I use whole wheat pasta that I have to use more sauce, but for this I used gluten-free, so that may why it was a little creamier. Thanks so much for sharing your experience and stopping by High Heels to Hot Wheels!!!

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