Tortellini and bacon salad makes a delicious meal to welcome fall

The woodsy flavor of bacon, combined with tender tortellini and fresh spinach, creates a robust meal in this tortellini and bacon salad. Everything assembled together, topped with mozzarella cheese (of course) couldn't be simpler for a fall evening.

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