Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

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Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad reminds me of the Suddenly Salad product you can buy in the store. Only better! Macaroni, Bacon, Peas, Carrots, and Ranch Dressing. Click to Tweet

This Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad reminds me of the boxed Suddenly Salad product you can buy in the store. Only better!

Serving Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

What’s not to love? Macaroni, Bacon, Peas, Carrots, and Ranch Dressing. Well, maybe you could add in some cheddar cheese, but it’s certainly not necessary, as it’s pretty tasty the way it is.

 

What You Need to Make Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

  • macaroni (or small shells)
  • ranch dressing mix
  • mayonnaise
  • sour cream
  • half and half cream
  • dried minced onion
  • garlic powder
  • bacon
  • frozen peas
  • carrots
  • diced pimentos

 

Instructions on Making this Recipe

Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

In a medium saucepan, cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside to cool to room temperature.

Making the Salad

In a small bowl, combine ranch seasoning mix, mayonnaise, sour cream and half-and half cream. Whisk until smooth.

Transfer the cooked macaroni or shells in a large bowl along with the cooked bacon, garden peas, shredded carrot, and diced pimento. Pour the dressing over the salad and gently stir to combine.

Preparing to Serve the Salad

Place the salad in a pretty serving bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Stir before serving.

 

A Few Tips

You may use dried macaroni or shells for this recipe. I tend to prefer the shells, but I don’t always have it in my pantry.

Use real mayo, not salad dressing like Miracle Whip. It is too sweet for this recipe.

For the Ranch Dressing Mix, you can measure out what you need from an individual packet. Or do what I do. Since I have several recipes that use the ranch mix, I will either Make My Own and store it in a container with my spices. Or buy an 8 oz. container of Hidden Valley. Both of these are less expensive than buying the individual packets.

One time-saver I’ve found is to cook additional bacon at breakfast if you know you’re going to need it later in the day. Just stick the extra in the fridge until it’s needed. Then when you’re ready to make your salad, all you have to do is break it up or crumble into the desired size that you need.

Before serving, you may need to add a bit more half and half to the salad as the macaroni tends to soak up the liquid in the dish. Try a tablespoon at a time until you have the desired consistency.

Serving the Salad in a Pioneer Woman Casserole Dish

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad is perfect side dish for any summer picnic, barbecue, or potluck dinner. Our sons-in-law love it! Serve it with Grilled Burgers, BBQ Baby Back Ribs, or  Honey-Glazed Grilled Chicken Thighs.

Recipe for Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad - Summer Salad Ideas

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Here's a recipe that reminds me of the boxed Suddenly Salad dish you can buy in the store. Only better!
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bacon, Pasta Salad, Ranch Dressing
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

Equipment

Cuisinart Cookware
All-Clad Cookware
Stainless Colander
Glass Mixing Bowls

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups dried macaroni or small shells
  • 5 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 2 teaspoons ranch seasoning mix
  • 1/2 cup real mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas thawed
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 tablespoons diced pimentos

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside to cool to room temperature.
  • While pasta is cooking, in a large skillet, cook bacon until browned. When cooled, crumble into small pieces.
  • In a large bowl, combine ranch seasoning mix, mayonnaise, sour cream and half-and half. Whisk until smooth. Stir in bacon, peas, carrots and pimentos. Slowly add the cooled macaroni  and stir until combined. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Stir before serving. Serves 4-6.

Nutrition

Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 291mg | Potassium: 188mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2097IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg
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