Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Rating:

(13 votes) 3 13

Remember the Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad? This is close... but better. Careful, though - its pretty addictive.

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Serving Size / Yield

6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 C. uncooked shell pasta
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 C. frozen peas, thawed
  • 3/4 C. mayonnaise
  • 1 1 oz. packet Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
  • 1/4 C. bacon bits
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder

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Directions

In large bowl, mix mayo, dressing mix, bacon bits, shredded carrots and onion powder. Chill this mixture while you continue making the rest of the salad. Cook pasta al dente, drain and cool. Fold in pasta carefully. Gently fold in peas last. Chill for several hours and serve chilled or at room temperature. Refresh salad if needed with a tiny bit of mayo, but it usually doesn't need it.  Garnish top with more bacon bits pieces.  You can never have too much bacon. 

Reviews (13)

  • I used real bacon and added cucmumber, red onions, halved cherry tomatoes, and very thin, short strips of roasted red peppers. Everyone loved it.

    Flag as inappropriate sherry99  |  July 13, 2009

  • Oh my gosh! This sounds so good. My daughter and I both LOVE ranch, pasta and bacon, so I know we will love this! Thanks, I will be trying this very soon! Yum...

    Flag as inappropriate plyblossom11  |  July 30, 2008

  • Everyone who had never liked pasta
    salad before wanted my recipe. Yummy. I like onion, so I usually make me a batch on the side with some diced onion in it!

    Flag as inappropriate mamacloud  |  July 30, 2008

  • Everyone who had never liked pasta
    salad before wanted my recipe. Yummy. I like onion, so I usually make me a batch on the side with some diced onion in it!

    Flag as inappropriate mamacloud  |  July 30, 2008

  • Everyone who had never liked pasta
    salad before wanted my recipe. Yummy. I like onion, so I usually make me a batch on the side with some diced onion in it!

    Flag as inappropriate mamacloud  |  July 30, 2008

  • Everyone who had never liked pasta
    salad before wanted my recipe. Yummy. I like onion, so I usually make me a batch on the side with some diced onion in it!

    Flag as inappropriate mamacloud  |  July 30, 2008

  • Five years agowhen I needed a dish for a cookout at the local tavern , where I worked, I made up a similar salad, instead of using Italian dressing I wanted something new. My husband is crazy for ranch dressing so, I prepared 1 lb. pasta, diced 2 large tomatoes, 1 large bell pepper, 1 large peeled cucumber, tossed together veggies, Mixed 16oz. ranch dressing into the pasta, added a 3oz. bag of real bacon bits in and mixed, then tossed the mixed veggies in last. Everyone who had never liked pas

    Flag as inappropriate mamacloud  |  July 30, 2008

  • With summer here and like caroljan said with adding chicken.I have dinner tonight.

    Flag as inappropriate midnitelady  |  July 30, 2008

  • I'm going to try this, and add some cooked chicken for a little protein.

    Flag as inappropriate caroljan  |  July 30, 2008

  • Miracle Whip tends to be to sweet in pasta dishes or similiar dishes.

    Flag as inappropriate hipcheck24  |  July 18, 2008

  • I make a similar recipe. Instead of the carrots and peas, I use chopped apples and Kraft cheese crumbles. It's fine with Mayo or Miracle Whip.

    Reported Kaybriant  |  July 16, 2008

  • why can't you use miracle whip?

    Flag as inappropriate Tonimarie  |  July 1, 2008

  • I make a variation of this salad by using a whole pound of mini bow pasta with 1/3 bad of frozen peas and carrots and about a 1/4 cup of dried vegetables from the jar. Boil all together no need for peeling and shredding carrots.

    Flag as inappropriate PeaKay40  |  June 16, 2008


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