Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad #Recipe

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Pasta salad is a popular dish that makes a great side for many types of meals. It’s an especially good side for gatherings such as a bbq. I love pasta salad for many reasons. One, it’s pasta. I mean, it’s pasta! Two, it’s affordable. Three, it’s really versatile and can be made in many different ways. One of my favorite ways is to make it as a Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad. You probably have noticed if you’ve read here a while that I do enjoy including bacon and ranch in a lot of things. This is pasta, which is perfect for bacon and ranch. I mean, it’s pasta! Anyway, this is simple to make, the hardest part about it is waiting for it to chill. You can eat it before it’s cold but it just doesn’t taste quite as good. This pasta salad is always a hit with everyone. Here’s how I make it.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Equipment Needed

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  • Pasta pot
  • measuring cup
  • measuring spoons
  • knives
  • cutting board
  • large bowl
  • silicone cooking spoon

Bialetti 5 Quart Pasta Pot, CharcoalBialetti 5 Quart Pasta Pot, CharcoalCuisinart 15-Piece Stainless Steel Knife SetCuisinart 15-Piece Stainless Steel Knife SetPyrex 3-Piece Glass Measuring Cup SetPyrex 3-Piece Glass Measuring Cup SetCook’s Pro Adjust-A-Measure Set, 3-PieceCook’s Pro Adjust-A-Measure Set, 3-PieceiNeibo silicone serving spoon w stainless handleiNeibo silicone serving spoon w stainless handleCounterArt Flexible Cutting Mat, Set of 4CounterArt Flexible Cutting Mat, Set of 4Pyrex Smart Essentials 4-Quart Glass Mixing BowlPyrex Smart Essentials 4-Quart Glass Mixing Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 lb cavatappi pasta
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream & onion dressing (I used Axelrod)
  • 1 oz package ranch dip/dressing mix
  • 1 cup bacon (I use Oscar Mayer)
  • 1 cup onion, dice
  • 2 tbsp parsley flakes
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instructions

Boil the pasta in the Pasta Pot according to directions on the box.

Rinse the pasta and set aside to cool for a few minutes.

Place the mayo, sour cream & onion dressing, ranch mix and parsley flakes into a bowl and mix thoroughly.

Place that mixture onto the pasta and mix it thoroughly.

Now add the bacon, onion and tomatoes and mix again.

You can include the shredded cheddar here, or you can use it later to sprinkle on top as a garnish. I prefer to mix it in.

Cover and put in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving.

Pasta always absorbs dressing in the fridge. If you’d like to moisten the pasta salad you can add a splash of milk and stir to moisten right then. Or, if you really like a “wet” pasta salad add more at the beginning, increasing the both the mayo and the sour cream & onion dressing by 1/4 cup each.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe From Val's Kitchen

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I'm a Jersey girl, I was born and raised here and have lived here for almost my entire life. I'm a mom of 2 boys – TJ, a 21 year old, and CJ, a 17 year old with Down Syndrome. I am the oldest of four children. I am also a social media enthusiast, cat person, and Down syndrome advocate. I love coffee and milkshakes. My favorite dessert is cheesecake. I love rock music, tech, travel and food. And cheesecake. I HATE the misuse of the word retarded. I take it personally and find it very offensive. Did I mention that I love cheesecake?

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18 Comments

  1. You had me at bacon! This would be a huge hit with my hubby! In fact, I am going to make him some today.

  2. This is one of our favorite salads to make and eat. Come on pasta, ranch dressing, bacon and tomato. Can’t get any better, I could eat a big bowl of this salad.

  3. This looks amazing! I’ll have to save this recipe and try it out soon. I could make a big batch and eat on it all week. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I’ve never been a fan of potato salad, but bacon and ranch seem like they would make it taste better!

  5. This bacon ranch pasta salad sounds like something my family would really enjoy. I don’t like pasta salads with any type of dressing but my family does so I make them for them. This recipe I will have to make for sure because they love ranch. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  6. You got me at bacon. Anything with that is a winner in my book. To have it in a pasta salad is pure heaven. Yummy. Making this tomorrow.

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