Pasta Salad with Bacon or Tuna

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  12-ounce package Natural Grocers Brand™ Hickory Smoked Uncured Bacon or 1 5-ounce can or jar oil-packed wild albacore tuna
  12-ounce package Natural Grocers Brand Organic Gluten-Free Penne Rigate
3⁄4 cup creamy Italian or Ranch dressing of choice
1 organic avocado, sliced into cubes
1⁄2 pound organic beefsteak tomato, chopped
Optional additions
1 can Natural Grocers Brand Organic Garbanzo Beans, drained
1 cup Natural Grocers Brand Organic Mozzarella or Italian Cheese Shreds
  1. If using bacon, cut the bacon into 1/2-inch pieces and cook in a skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally. As the bacon starts to brown, reduce heat to low to prevent the bacon from burning and continue to cook until it is crispy and brown. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Place a pot of water for the pasta on the stovetop. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the pasta with dressing and chill in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Just before serving, add the bacon or tuna, avocado, tomato, and any of the optional ingredients. Toss and serve immediately.