Simple Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Ahhhh! It’s finally getting warm! That means it’s time to break out all of our summertime favorite recipes and get to grilling…. more.  We are the people shoveling snow to get to the grill so we can cook dinner on it in January.  Now, we can sit outside and enjoy the weather as we grill, and all I want is smoked & grilled foods! Especially since we got a new  Pit Boss Pellet Grill (affiliate link- see below) to play with.  One of the very first recipes we break out every year is my Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad.

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This pasta salad came from a need to stop buying Suddenly Salad mixes and just make it ourselves instead.  We were constantly buying the ranch one, and one day I noticed the packets of ranch dip mix in the store, that’s when it dawned on me how easily I could make the salad.

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I have made this salad using whatever I have on hand. Any small to medium pasta works great, Shells and Radiatore are my favorites to use. I used the radiatore this time.  I also use whatever cheese I have on hand, whether it’s an Italian Blend, Cheddar, or Colby Jack.  I also have added different vegetables depending on what I have on hand.

Depending on what type of pasta you use, you may need to add another tablespoon or so of miracle whip to give it more creaminess.   I also do not include any extra salt in this recipe. I found that there is enough salt between the ranch packet, bacon, and pasta water being heavily salted.

I hope you enjoy. What is your favorite pasta salad?

 

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Simple Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
Quick & easy bacon ranch pasta salad
Course Side Dishes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Side Dishes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Boil 1 lb box of pasta in salted water
  2. While pasta boils, in a large bowl mix together Miracle Whip, ranch seasoning, parsley, pepper, onion and garlic powder.
  3. When pasta is cooked, rinse pasta in cold water to bring the temperature down. Let pasta sit in collander for a minute or two to let the majority of the water drain, but do not shake the pasta dry, you will want the little extra water in your rance sauce.
  4. Add pasta to your ranch sauce bowl and stir until pasta is well coated in ranch.
  5. Top with bacon pieces and cheese. Mix together until combined.
Recipe Notes

Use your choice of cheese, I've used 'Italian blend', cheddar, and colby jack in mine and they all taste good.

Use real bacon, not the cheap bacon bits, you won't regret it. It can also be eliminated, but it does taste better with bacon.

Add in some shredded chicken to make it more of a meal instead of side dish.

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