Creamy BLT Pasta Salad with Pesto Sauce

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So Memorial Day cookouts are penciled in and you’ll need something to take to the cookouts, right?  And if you’re like me you’ll wait until the last possible minute, stare down your pantry and fridge to try and throw something together that’s easy but still semi-impressive to the in-laws, right? No, that’s just me?  Umph.

Well even if you’re a planner and have it way more together than myself, I think you’ll please the cookout crowds with this Creamy BLT Pasta Salad with Pesto Sauce recipe all summer long!

My blogging and in-real-life friend Jen is hosting a virtual Memorial Day BBQ Pitch-In using the super easy Philadelphia Cooking Creams.  I decided to “bring” a spin off the beloved B.L.T. sandwich and make a creamy pasta salad with the Creamy Pesto flavor.  The fun part is you can hop around and “try out” your favorites.  There’s a little competition going on that you can participate in as well. They are all Pinterest worthy! 😉

This one already won awards at our house! And it’s so simple it should be illegal!

blt pasta salad with pesto sauce ingredients

If you know how to fry bacon and boil water, you can totally throw this one together!

It’s farfalle pasta blended with crumbled bacon, grape tomatoes, Creamy Pesto Philadelphia Cooking Cream, a little olive oil, and chopped lettuce.

philadelphia cooking cream pasta salad recipe

Once the ingredients are blended, you can add the chopped lettuce last – or have a bowl nearby so that guests can add their own.  (This keeps it from getting wilted and soggy.)

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{See further directions below in the printable recipe card.}

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 creamy blt pasta salad with pesto sauce


Creamy BLT Pasta Salad with Pesto Sauce


  • 1 lb of Mini Farfalle  Pasta
  • 1 lb of Bacon – cooked and crumbled
  • 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 10 oz of Creamy Pesto Philadelphia Cooking Cream
  • 20 Grape Tomatoes – halved
  • 2 –3 Hearts of Romaine Lettuce Bunches – chopped
  • 1-2 leaves of fresh Basil – minced (optional)


1. Boil pasta according to directions.

2. Cook bacon, drain, and crumble when cool.

3. Drain pasta and add olive oil to hot pasta.

4. Add tomatoes and crumbled bacon to pasta.

5. Stir in pesto cooking cream until well blended.

6. Serve with chopped lettuce when ready to eat.

7. Garnish with basil. (Optional)


What’s YOUR favorite BBQ Pitch-In Recipe?

Don’t forget to leave a comment on YOUR favorite blogger’s recipe post by 10 EST on Thursday! The winner gets $500 and coupons for free product!


*Philadelphia Cream cheese provided coupons to try their Cooking Cream varieties, but I was not compensated for this post.  The winner of this recipe contest will be rewarded monetarily and with product.

21 thoughts on "Creamy BLT Pasta Salad with Pesto Sauce"

  1. Crystal says:

    Yum, that sounds amazing! I’ll have to this a shot. I have a Hearty Maple Beans recipe you throw in the slow cooker the morning of. It’s to die for!

    1. QuatroMama says:

      Yum – I LOVE maple!

  2. Dawn Alexander says:

    Looks Yummy we will try it!

    1. QuatroMama says:

      So easy and yummy!

  3. Yum! You had me at bacon. And pesto. 🙂

  4. Katie says:

    sounds so good. but without the lettuce. 🙂 I don’t like pasta in my green salads.

    But I’ll try the recipe with a salad on the side, most definitely!

  5. I love a summer BLT salad. I have a few pinned myself. This one looks DELICIOUS!!

  6. Sarah says:

    Ooh! Going to add this to my favourites. Think I’d like to try it. Thanks. 🙂

  7. Yes! THAT is summer food. 🙂

  8. Joyce says:

    This sounds great ! Can’t wait to try it .

  9. Janet says:

    Must try this soon!

  10. Ken says:

    My girlfriend loves salad. I might try this the next time she comes over. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Julie Paris says:

    This looks so good- I am going to give it a try this weekend.

  12. Jen, I want to prepare this for our next S.S. carry-in

  13. Angel Peters Jackson Curtis says:

    I never thought of using cooking cream in a ranch dip. Genius! I can’t wait to try this.

  14. Nicolle B. says:

    yum – yum!! I had to pin this…thank you!

  15. YUM!! This one looks delish!

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