The pasta is balanced perfectly by a generous presence of crunchy, raw, bite-sized broccoli florets. The two are tossed with coarsely grated Cheddar cheese and a simple, creamy dressing made flavourful by crunchy bacon, mayonnaise, and red onion.
1poundditalini pastacooked to al dente according to package directions
2broccoli crownscut into bite sized florets
12ouncesto 1 pound package of baconcooked to chewy-crisp, finely chopped
1cupshredded Cheddar cheese
1small red onionpeeled and finely chopped
3/4teaspoonfreshly ground black pepper
Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to meld in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes but up to 3 days before serving. Stir gently before serving.