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Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Every summer one thing I look forward to besides swimming (I'm a fish out of water) is this pasta salad. A few years back I ran out of Suddenly Salad Bacon Ranch Pasta and decided that I would try to make my own instead. Well let me tell you that I L. O. V. E. this one much more! I have a hard time not eating a lot of it at one time, so I am very careful now to only make when I have a few extra people to help me. :)

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

  • 12 oz. pasta (rotini, shells, etc)
  • 12 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 Tablespoons dry ranch dressing mix ( 1oz.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk, or as needed
  • 1 large tomato, diced (or 1 cup diced from can, drained)
  • 4 oz. sliced black olives (opt)
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Cooking Directions

  1. *Bring a large stock pot of water to boil over high heat. Season with salt add pasta and cook to al dente according to package directions. Drain.
  2. In a large bowl, mix mayonnaise, ranch dressing mix, garlic powder, and pepper. Whisk in milk until smooth.
  3. Add in bacon, tomato, black olives and cheese in bowl and toss to coat with dressing. Gently stir in pasta.
  4. Cover and chill at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  5. Toss with additional milk if the salad seems a little dry.        

*Sometimes I add a 1/2 cup of peas and carrots to it too.

Makes: 10 servings (2/3 cup)
Calories per serving: About 340  w/ opt.

Adapted from: Allrecipes       

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chattipati said...

This sounds like a fabulous pasta salad. Thank you so much for sharing!

Words Of Deliciousness said...

This pasta salad sounds wonderful. My family would love this one.

Anonymous said...

VERY ADDICTING! But oh so good. I just love ranch anything!

Six Sisters said...

This is one salad we will be trying!! We love pasta salads all summer long. We're so glad you linked up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Thanks for coming and we hope you'll be back. -The Sisters

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