Bacon Crab Pasta Salad is great as a side dish or a light main dish. And so easy peasy to make!
I am not a huge fan of peas, I will admit. But I truly do not mind them in this Bacon Crab Pasta Salad. And Thing 1 and Thing 2 seem to feel the same, so this recipe is a great way to get veggies into the kids without having to deal with the sour faces and pouty postures. Yes, even as teenagers, they still raise a fuss over having to eat things they don’t like! I am hopeful that someday that will change, but for the moment the sour faces and pouty posture show up whenever I serve something deemed to be ‘yucky’. (Oh, and what is deemed yucky seems to frequently change without any notice at all.)
I actually wasn’t really surprised that Thing 1 liked the Bacon Crab Pasta Salad, but I wasn’t too sure how Thing 2 would feel, as he is the pickier of the two. I confess that he didn’t LOVE this, but he ate all of it without complaint, which is huge for him! So this dish is getting a permanent spot in our rotation.
You can shortcut your prep by buying pre-cooked bacon or even the bacon recipe pieces (not artificial bacon bits, but the pieces that are actually real bacon). I confess that I did that. But the next time I make this, I will probably just cook up some bacon to use in it, because I bet it will taste even better, and it isn’t that hard to do.
- 8 ounces (1/2 box) orzo pasta
- 8 ounces imitation crab, roughly chopped
- 1 (10 ounce) bag frozen peas, thawed
- ½ cup chopped cooked bacon
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- Cook the orzo pasta according to the directions on the box.
- While the pasta is cooking, combine the rest of the ingredients in a medium bowl.
- When the pasta is done, drain and rinse a bit with cold water to cool the pasta.
- Combine in the bowl with the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
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