Creamy Pea and Bacon Pasta Salad

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Rule #268: Summer is all about keepin’ it easy.

For me, summer is all about easy meals that are both satisfying but light. This Creamy Pea and Bacon Pasta Salad checks all of those boxes! It’s a great side dish to serve alongside grilled steaks or chicken. Plus, you can make it ahead of time and pull it out whenever it’s time to eat!

Easy Creamy Pea and Bacon Pasta Salad Recipe

First, we start with some cooked small shell pasta. Make sure to always salt your pasta water to the salinity of the sea! It’s the best way to add flavor to dry pasta.

cooked small shell pasta

Next, we’ll add in some thawed green peas. The little crunch they give makes the texture of this Creamy Pea and Bacon Pasta Salad even better!

add thawed green peas

Now, we add in the star of the show: cooked bacon. You’re going to want the whole pound in there, trust me.

add cooked chopped bacon

Finally, we’ll toss in some shredded Parmesan cheese.

add Parmesan Cheese

The dressing is surprisingly light! It’s just mayonnaise, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, a bit of white sugar, garlic and onion powders, and salt and pepper! Whisk it up or toss it all into a mason jar and shake until well blended.

mayonnaise olive oil vinegar sugaar garlic powder onion powder salt and pepper

Toss it all together and throw in some chopped parsley for extra color and flavor. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour in the fridge.

Pasta Salad Pea and Bacon

Just look at all that gorgeous color and flavor!

Creamy Pea and Bacon Pasta Salad

Main Dish Suggestions:

Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Pork Tenderloin Kabobs

Citrus Balsamic Marinade for Chicken or Pork

Chicken in Wine Sauce

Cauliflower Parmesan

Air Fryer Chicken Dijon

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Pasta Salad Pea and Bacon

Creamy Pea and Bacon Pasta Salad

Creamy Pea and Bacon Pasta Salad is a delicious and easy side dish recipe that you can make ahead of time and serve to a crowd!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 587 kcal


For the Pea and Bacon Salad

  • 1 lb. small shell pasta noodles
  • 2 cups frozen peas thawed
  • 1 lb. bacon cooked and chopped
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese shredded or grated
  • Flat-leaf Italian parsley chopped, for garnish

For the Creamy Dressing

  • ¾ cup mayonnaise with olive oil
  • 2 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbs. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. white granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper


  • In a large pot of heavily-salted water, boil the pasta noodles until al dente (about 8 minutes). Drain and rinse, allowing to cool slightly.
  • Meanwhile, make the Creamy Dressing by combining all ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • Add the cooked pasta to the dressing, then add the thawed peas, bacon, and Parmesan.
  • Toss until well combined, then cover with plastic wrap.
  • Let sit at least 1 hour in the fridge (up to 8 hours ahead of time).
  • Garnish with chopped parsley, if desired. Serve chilled.


*The best way to cook bacon is to place the pieces on a baking rack set inside a baking sheet. Roast at 400 for 20-25 minutes, until cooked through to desired crispness.
**If you forget to thaw your peas beforehand, place them in a colander and run some cool water on them for a few minutes.


Serving: 1gCalories: 587kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 19gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 894mgPotassium: 350mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 363IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 101mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary, and Pineapple House Rules makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

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