Chicken-Gorgonzola Pasta Salad

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by Maggie

Found this recipe in a Betty Crocker Super Moist Cake booklet Spring 2008 issue (the kind you find at check-out). It sounded so good and would probably make a wonderful lunch or a feature for a bridal/baby shower. I haven't made this yet but it will be made very soon! You may cook up your own bacon if not using precooked bacon. Prep/Cook Time is an estimate. The original recipe indicates start to finish is 20 min.

Top Review by Elisabetta47

Hooray - a pasta salad using all my favorite ingredients! As we ate this for a couple of days, I added the fresh baby spinach right before serving each time to keep it perky. Used Kittencal's Best Creamy Ranch Dressing/Dip and it was a marvelous hot summer's evening meal. Thanks, Maggie.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 7 cups uncooked radiatore, pasta (nuggets, about 19 oz.)
  • 4 12 cups cubed cooked chicken breasts (about 20 oz.)
  • 1 (2 1/8 ounce) packageprecooked bacon, cut up into small pieces (about 15 slices)
  • 1 (14 1/2 ounce) canfire roasted diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves, lightly packed
  • 1 (16 ounce) jarrefrigerated ranch dressing
  • 1 cup gorgonzola, crumbled (4 oz)
  • bibb lettuce, if desired (optional)

Directions

  1. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.
  2. In a large bowl, mix cooked pasta, chicken, bacon, tomatoes and spinach.
  3. Pour dressing over pasta mixture, toss until coated.
  4. Fold in cheese.
  5. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
  6. To serve, line bowl with lettuce and spoon in salad.

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