Low Calorie Penne BLT with Blue Cheese Buttermilk Dressing Recipe

My husband said “Isn’t this the wrong time of year … the tomatoes aren’t ripe in the garden for National BLT Month” when I shared my latest blog post with him.  He is so correct … but I’m always excited to add bacon to my menu so let the festivities begin. April is National BLT Month and we can have a ‘redo’ later in July with home grown tomatoes we grew!  In today’s share you and your family are going to love this only 190 calorie easy dish that will change how you make BLT’s forever. The tomatoes in my garden may not be ready to harvest yet but plenty of radishes, lettuce and chives from the dome to add to the recipe..

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Penne BLT with Blue Cheese Buttermilk Dressing

Penne BLT with Blue Cheese Buttermilk Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1/3 lb. penne rigate pasta
  • 4 oz. blue cheese, crumbled, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup/2 oz. low-fat sour cream
  • ¼ cup/2 oz. buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped chives, plus additional for garnish if desired
  • 2 cups/4 oz. romaine lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 ½ cups/6 oz. diced plum tomato
  • ½ cup/2 oz. sliced radishes
  • 4 slices/1 ½ oz. crisp-cooked bacon, crumbled (¼ cup.)

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the penne according to package directions. Drain, rinse under cold water, and place in a large bowl. Reserve.
  2. Place the blue cheese, sour cream, buttermilk, and vinegar in a bowl. Use a fork to break up the blue cheese and combine the ingredients to make the dressing. Season with salt if needed and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  3. Place the penne pasta, romaine, tomato, radishes and bacon in a large bowl. Stir in the dressing. Sprinkle with additional chives.

Photo and recipe credit :  Pasta Fits.

Can you guess what we are having for dinner tonight?!

[alert-announce]What a great combination …. I can’t wait to create this unique recipe for my family tonight. What is the most unique way you’ve put together a BLT before? Do you grow your own tomatoes?  I’ve started some really great varieties from seed and can’t wait to share them with you as they grow this summer.  I’d love to hear from you so lets connect.

Happy National BLT Month,

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