Avocado and Bacon Pasta Salad

April 12, 2019

chantal corp warehouse sale houston Texas2We're really excited to have partnered with Chantal Cookware to bring you a series of recipes using their innovative cookware  range and our premium ingredients.

Chantal Corporation is a Houston based cookware company that began in 1971 by German-born engineer, Heida Thurlow. Chantal was the first cookware company to bring dramatic colors, tempered glass lids and stay-cool handles to American kitchens and Heida has received numerous design awards and utility patents for her innovative tea kettles and cookware lines.

Heida and I met at the Houston Culinary Guild for Texas women in the food industry and have been enjoying talking business and food as well as personally using each other's products.

Today, we're in the Chantal test kitchen, cooking up an Avocado and Bacon Pasta Salad. It's light, flavorful and perfect for summer BBQs and picnics.

Ingredients and Tools:

avocado oil chantal pan and ingredients8 slices bacon

4 tablespoons of J&P Avocado Oil

1 cup red onion

1 tablespoon of minced garlic

8 oz dried pasta (we used bow tie pasta which looks so pretty!)

chantal pan 13 avocados

1 lemon

1/2 red bell pepper 

2 tablespoons of green scallions

3 fresh basil leaves

1 & 1/2 cups feta cheese

Induction 21 Steel Saucepan with Pour Spoutsalt and pepper

2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar


Chantal Enamel-on-Steel Sauté Pan (3 Qt.)

Chantal ID21 Saucepan with Pour Spout and Strainer (2.5 Qt.)

How to make the salad

cooking with avocado oilFry the bacon until crispy and transfer it to a plate with a towel to absorb the excess oil. Give it 5 minutes to cool so it can be broken into bite sized pieces.

Tip the excess bacon grease from the pan and pour in a tablespoon of avocado oil. Avocado oil is particularly good for high heat cooking because it has a high smoke point.

Sauté chopped red onions and garlic until translucent. Take off the heat and set aside.

pasta in chantal potAdd a teaspoon of salt, 1/2 tablespoon avocado oil and 2 quarts water to the saucepan, add the pasta and cook until al dente (approximately 8 - 10 minutes)

While the pasta is cooking, chop the avocados in chunks and squeeze half a lemon over them. Roughly chop the bell pepper, scallions, feta and basil. 

Drain the pasta (which is really easy in Chantal's saucepan with the strainer and spout) and tip the pasta on top of the onion and garlic in the sauté pan.

Chantal and Kiwi Importer Avocado Oil finished pasta saladAdd the avocados and other remaining chopped ingredients to the pasta and onion mixture. Top with a touch of red wine vinegar and salt and pepper and stir to combine.

Another awesome thing about this pan is you can take the whole pan out to the table for serving and it looks great!

This simple dish is sure to be a family favorite this summer


About the Kiwi Importer

Based in Richmond Texas, the Kiwi Importer provides the US market with New Zealand gourmet delights such as Manuka honey, Rangihoua Olive Oil, Zealong Organic Tea, Kaitaia Fire hot sauce, Jenny's Kitchen Tamarind Chutney, Wild Country Marmalatas, Gault's Ketchups, Tio Pablo Azteca Chocolate, Sway Gluten Free Pancake Mix, Heilala Vanilla and more. 

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