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A One-Bowl Dinner

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A One-Bowl Dinner

Do you ever have those days when you know there won't be a spare moment to make dinner but you are trying to avoid take-out? I have a great option for you but you do need to plan a little ahead.

I found this recipe for Midwest BBQ Pasta Salad decades ago. What I love about it is that it's a one-bowl meal and can be served straight from the fridge. It's got protein and veggies and you can adjust the quantities of either to your tastes. Did I say that it's delicious?

I made this last week when I needed to leave my kids with friends so I offered to contribute dinner. Since I wasn't going to be around to prepare it on the day, I did everything in stages in advance. Even with the fresh veggies, it lasted for a few days in the refrigerator without getting soggy! I hope you enjoy it!


    Midwest BBQ Pasta Salad

    Midwest BBQ Pasta Salad

    • 1 lb cooked multi-colored rotini, rinsed, drained, and cooled
    • 2 C cooked chicken, chopped
    • 8 slices cooked bacon, chopped
    • 1/2 C bell pepper, chopped
    • 1/2 C green onions, minced
    • 1/2 C red onions, chopped
    • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
    • 1 C ranch dressing
    • 3/4 C barbecue sauce 

    Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and toss to combine.

    Serve with Parmesan cheese.

    Tip 1:For a simplified version, use any leftover pasta and raw veggies.

    Tip 2: To prep days ahead, here are the steps:

    1. Cook pasta
    2. Cook chicken
    3. Cook bacon
    4. Chop veggies
    5. Mix together sauces


    The result? So simple and so good!




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