Creamy Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

This Creamy Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad is the perfect salad for neighborhood BBQs or potlucks. You will love how easy it is and how good it tastes!

Creamy Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

 

This Creamy Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad is seriously so easy and yummy. You can get the dressing and toppings ready while the pasta is boiling and throw it all together just as fast as those boxed “Suddenly Salad” things. You will get more pasta salad and it tastes SO MUCH BETTER. Why cut corners when it really doesn’t even save you time or money??

 

ANYWAY– back to the pasta salad… You can get as creative with the toppings as you want! I am not one who loves onions and celery in my pasta salad (don’t get me wrong, I love onions and celery,just not in pasta salad), but if that is something you want to add to yours, please, be my guest! In fact, add any other toppings you like or you think your family would like.

 

If you would like to make it healthier, you can use Greek yogurt in place of the mayonnaise and sour cream (which I have tried, and it is delicious). You can also use low-fat cheese, mayonnaise, and sour cream. Another fun, healthy substitution is turkey bacon instead of regular. My son actually likes turkey bacon more than regular bacon! When you cook the bacon, you can actually chop it up beforehand and then cook it in little pieces so you don’t have to worry about crumbling it afterwords. It speeds up the process a little bit, in my opinion.

 

Be sure to make this salad ahead of time so that it has some time to cool in the fridge. If I have time, I always try to make pasta salads the day before I serve them because I think they taste so much better after being in the fridge overnight – it gives the flavors some time to mix and settle. You don’t have to make it THAT far in advance, just make sure the noodles have time to cool.

 

Creamy Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

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Ingredients

  • 1 Lb. cavatappi noodles (or macaroni, small shells, bowties.. etc...)
  • 1 ranch seasoning mix (1 oz.)
  • 3/4 c. mayonnaise
  • 1/3 c. sour cream
  • 1/3 c. milk
  • 8-10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled or chopped
  • 1 c. frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 c. cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 1 c. shredded carrots
  • 1 c. grape or cherry tomatoes, halved

Instructions

  • Cook noodles according to package, drain, and set aside to cool to room temperature.
  • While noodles are cooking/cooling, in a large bowl combine ranch seasoning, mayo, sour cream, and milk. Whisk until smooth.
  • Stir in bacon, peas, cheese, carrots, and tomatoes into the ranch dressing.
  • Slowly add noodles and stir until noodles are well covered in dressing and all ingredients mixed together.
  • Cover and refrigerate until serving.
  • Add a little milk before serving if needed if it seems too dry (just a tablespoon or so..). Stir well before serving.
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Comments

  1. Beth says:

    How many servings does this make? We are making this for 250 people so we are trying to figure how many batches
    Thanks

    • Erica says:

      Wow that is a lot of people! It depends on if you are going to have a lot of other different dishes or if this is the main side-dish. If it is the main side dish I would plan on it serving 15-20… if there will be lots of side dishes you are probably safe planning on 30-40 depending on how big of eaters you have

      • Beth says:

        Ok. I figured we needed about 7 batches so I am right along your serving size for multiple dishes. We are serving it so the portion will be controlled. Thanks!

        • Erica says:

          Oh good! Glad to help 🙂 Good luck!

          • Beth says:

            Just wanted to let you know this was a HUGE hit at our fundraiser! We made 8 batches and served close to 250 people. Tons of people asked for the recipie!

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