Cowboy pasta salad is a favorite family dinner in our house! Whenever I tell my husband we are having salad for dinner, I get a look, until say it is the best pasta salad recipe ever, and he knows which one I’m talking about.
Pasta salad is a perfect summer dinner option. You can make it up when you have time, and pull it out when you are ready to eat. A great no stress dinner meal.
You can also sneak all the veggies in the recipe you need to hide from your kids. Or maybe even your spouse. Haha. Either way you can make it healthier if you want to!
Ingredients Needed For Our Cowboy Pasta Salad:
- Ground Beef (cooked)
- Bacon (cooked and crumbled)
- Macaroni noodles (cooked)
- Monterey Jack cheese
- Cherry tomatoes
- Green onions
- Barbecue sauce
- Worcestershire sauce
- Spicy brown mustard
- Plain greek yogurt
- Garlic salt
How To Make Our Cowboy Pasta Salad:
To make this recipe begin by cooking the ground beef in a pan until it is completely browned.
Then in a separate pan, cook the bacon until it is nice and crisp.
Then let the bacon cool, pat the extra grease off the bacon and crumble it.
For the noodles for this recipe, cook them according to the directions on the packages to al dante.
Once the noodles are done, drain the pasta and set it aside.
Now, in a large bowl, combine the cooked noodles, browned meat, crumbled bacon, corn, Monterey Jack cheese, diced tomatoes, and chopped green onions.
Then mix it all together well.
In a small bowl, combine the barbecue sauce, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, spricy brown mustard, plain greek yogurt, garlic salt, and salt and pepper to taste.
Mix all of the ingredients together to form the creamy sauce for the pasta salad.
Now, pour the creamy sauce into the bowl with the noodles and carefully stir it all together until everything is coated in the sauce.
Then store the pasta salad in an airtight container in the fridge until you are ready to serve it.
To Make This Cold Pasta Salad Recipe You Will Need:
- Large mixing bowl
- Small mixing bowl
- Medium sized skillet (2)
- Large pot
- Wooden spatula