1 pound thin spaghetti
10 slices bacon
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 large red onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 (2 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained
2 tomatoes, diced
1 cucumber, diced
1/4 cup salad seasoning mix*
½ teaspoon lemon zest
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, optional
Directions: Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp. Drain and crumble.
In a large bowl combine cooked spaghetti, celery, onion, bell pepper, olives, tomatoes, cucumbers and salad seasoning. In a small bowl, whisk lemon zest, lemon juice and minced garlic with olive oil. Pour over spaghetti mixture and toss. Add crumbled bacon and lightly toss. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired.
Chill until serving.
Home-made Salad Supreme Seasoning
3 teaspoons sesame seeds
2 teaspoons paprika
1½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
1 teaspoon celery seeds
½ teaspoon garlic powder
2 dashes cayenne pepper
4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese or Romano (fresh is best)
Directions: Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Makes ½ cup
Ok, I want you to go to the store, buy all of these ingredients, and make this dish. It was SO GOOD. I am absolutely going to make it for my next get together.
All of the flavors came out in this dish from the lemon zest to the garlic to the tomato juice from the tomatoes. The black olives and cucumbers gave it a Mediterranean taste and I kind of wished that I would have had feta cheese instead of the Parmesan even though the Parm was delicious, too.
If I could change one thing about this recipe, I would use penne pasta instead of spaghetti. The spaghetti did kind of overwhelm the vegetables but nothing a spatula couldn't get around. I also don't think that the bacon was needed.
Scott also had the great idea of adding some grilled chicken to the dish. This would be a fantastic way to use leftover or extra chicken breasts.
Bottom line, it was great!!
Hope you enjoy!