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Cheesy Bacon Pasta Salad recipe

Cheesy Bacon Pasta Salad recipe

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This is a great salad to enjoy as a side dish, main course or for lunch. Pasta is tossed with crispy bacon, tomatoes, olives and Cheddar in a creamy salad dressing.

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IngredientsServes: 10

  • 340g fusilli pasta
  • 10 rashers streaky bacon
  • 250ml mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons dry Ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic pepper
  • 125ml milk or as needed
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 85g sliced black olives
  • 115g mature Cheddar cheese, grated

MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:15min ›Extra time:1hr chilling › Ready in:1hr25min

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Stir in pasta and cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. Place bacon in a frying pan over medium-high heat and cook until evenly brown. Drain and chop.
  3. In a large bowl, mix mayonnaise, Ranch dressing mix, garlic granules and garlic pepper. Stir in milk until smooth. Place bacon, tomato, black olives and cheese in bowl and toss to coat with dressing. Cover and chill at least 1 hour in the refrigerator. Toss with additional milk if the salad seems a little dry.

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I have always loved Suddenly Salad's Bacon & Ranch Pasta...they ain't got nothing on you Wilemon! This was sooo much better!!! I used a chopped roma tomato because that's what I had on hand, & I'm not a big fan of garlic powder so I subbed fresh minced garlic. I also used lite mayo (I always's the only kind I buy). I didn't use fresh bacon as I had a huge bag of real bacon bits to use up....I probably added 3 or 4 handfuls because we were eating this for dinner & hubby likes his bacon. My can of olives were whole & there was no way I was going to slice them so I gave them a rough chop instead (I really loved the bites that had the olives in them so next time I think I might add more). I squeezed half a lemon (it wasn't a really juicy lemon) over it all & gave it a toss before serving & it freshened it up a bit. Very, very good pasta salad! BTW 3 tbp. of ranch mix is about the same as a packet of ranch mix.-27 May 2006


I've been making this salad for awhile and just got around to writing a review! My family LOVES this salad! Every time I make it someone asks for the recipe! I add two pkgs of the Ranch dressing mix and I add a cucumber, 1 1/2 cups peas, and a small bag of shredded carrots. When I want this to be more of a meal, I'll boil 3 chicken breasts, cube them and put them in the salad. I always let this salad sit over night or else make it in the morning. It tastes much better if you let it sit. Very yummy!-19 Aug 2007

by Wilemon

On step 3 I neglected to instruct to add the pasta with bacon, tomatoes, etc. then toss. My grocery store has since started carrying grape tomatoes, I use them now because the salad will stay even fresher with uncut tomatoes by adding the grape tomatoes whole IF there is any left over.-30 Jan 2006

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Summertime means BBQs and picnics. And that means hot dogs, hamburgers and all of the yummy summer side dishes. Most of the time we think about potato salad, coleslaw, and baked beans, but one popular item you’ll find at your picnic are pasta side dishes!

I love creating new and unique ways to make pasta. One of my favorites is this bacon ranch pasta salad. It goes with just about everything. And, best of all, it is a pasta salad even kids will gobble down.

There is nothing more refreshing than a summer pasta salad. I’ve got a recipe that is super easy to make. Honestly, if you can boil water, you can make this easy summer side dish.

It’s a simple recipe that doesn’t require any fancy ingredients. You can stick with this basic recipe or even turn it up a notch by adding fresh summer veggies such as cucumber or tomato.

I’m pretty picky about my pasta salad, and I love this recipe! It’s super fast to throw together, and everyone loves it. Whenever we take this side dish to our parties, it is one of the first things that is gone. It is 100x better than what you find in a box.

Of course, you don’t have to wait for a summer get together or party to make this. It is a great pairing with cheddar turkey burgers and even baked Italian subs. It’s a truly versatile side dish that goes with just about anything.

The BEST Creamy Pasta Salad

This is The BEST Creamy Pasta Salad ever, loaded with bacon and cheese! Our favorite side dish for spring and summer, and great for potlucks and cookouts!

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This creamy, cheesy, bacon-y pasta salad is our favorite! My kids are the ones who chose all the add-ins, so you know it’s kid approved! And as far as I know, anything with cheese, bacon, and pasta gets the thumbs up form everyone who likes delicious food! Perfect for your next cookout!

I am so excited for summer break! The school year is over and I get to have my girl home with the rest of my kiddos for the next couple months. I LOVE when we are all together. I think we should celebrate the start of summer vacation with a cook out! I’ll let my hubby take care of the steaks. He’s the grill master in the family – I don’t even know how to turn the thing on?? (I probably shouldn’t admit that…)

But I will take care of the sides, drinks, and dessert!

Ok, drinks! My kid’s new favorite is Tum-E Yummies. Have you tried it yet? It’s a fruit flavored water beverage. The favorite flavor seems to be Orange-arific with Greentastic Apple coming in a close second. The other 3 flavors are: Very Berry Blue, Fruitabulous Punch, and Sour-sational Raspberry.

All Tum-E Yummies flavors have 100% daily value vitamin C, B6, B12 and only 50 calories, 13g of sugar and no sodium! My kids love having their own bottle of juice in their favorite color. I am just happy they make these with spill-proof sport caps!! I know you moms out there are with me on this one! You can bring them in the car and not worry about juice spilling everywhere!

For the sides this Creamy Pasta Salad is an obvious choice! (side note: The day after we had this salad as a side to our meal, one of my boys wanted to eat it warm for dinner. I added chicken and heated it up and he loved it! So this can easily be the main dish too!)

We love making fruit kabobs for cookouts as well! The kids love anything on a stick, so we just run to the farmer’s market or grocery store and pick up the favorites. Currently strawberries, grapes, and cuties. Just peel the cuties and cut off the stems of the strawberries, then put them on a stick – or better yet, have your kids help with this part!

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Sure, if you want. I&rsquom not a huge fan of the texture when salad dressing is used. I like for this pasta salad to be thick and creamy. The combination of Greek yogurt and mayo does that for me.

If you choose to use salad dressing, use enough to suit your taste.

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

I use to nail those Hamburger Helper ranch pasta salad meals when they first came out. Now I think they are down right disgusting!! Maybe it’s because I have so many wonderful homemade pasta salads in my collection. One of my favorites is this bacon cheddar ranch pasta salad.

This creamy, cold pasta salad is bursting with fresh ingredients like tomatoes, broccoli, crisp bacon, cheddar, olives and red onions. The ranch-mayo dressing is the perfect balance to provide flavor and creaminess without overpowering the other ingredients.

Makes a great summer side dish but I’ve eaten this for lunch on many occassions, it’s pretty filling.

*NOTE* I always make and dress this pasta salad as soon as I’m ready to serve it. This makes for a creamy, beautiful pasta salad with crisp veggies and bacon. If it sits overnight the pasta starts to absorb some of the sauce and the bacon and veggies begin to soften. (Still yummy but not as pretty and crunchy)

How to Make Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Once you have the pasta cooled, it’s time to get the pasta salad mixed together and served! To make the salad, get out a large bowl and combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, milk, dry ranch seasoning , chives, salt, and pepper. Be sure to mix well.

Then, add the cold pasta, shredded chicken, chopped bacon, tomatoes, corn, red onion, and green pepper. Coat everything as you toss it all together. If this is the main course, serve with a side of dinner rolls or roasted parmesan green beans . Serve immediately, or store it (covered) in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve the salad. It will last 3-5 days in the refrigerator.

Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling water for 10 mins or as directed on the packet. Drain and refresh under running cold water. Drain again

Place the pasta in a large bowl and crumble the cheese into the bowl

Cut the red cheese into small dice and add to the bowl

Slice the baby corn thickly, cut the cucumber into dice (for very young children you may wish to peel the cucumber and remove the seeds as these are less digestible) and halve the cherry tomatoes

Add to the bowl with the peas and toss together to combine.

Mix together the yogurt, ketchup and season with a little pepper if liked, drizzle over the pasta salad and toss to combine.

This Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta recipe is simply irresistible. It’s quick and easy to throw together, is smothered in a lightened up cheesy ranch sauce with BACON, broccoli and bell peppers but you can use whatever veggies you have on hand and even sub the chicken for sausage or leave it out completely (totally customizable!) because it’s all about the sauce and the BACON! Winner winner, new favorite Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Dinner!

If you’ve followed Carlsbad Cravings since 2014, then you will recognize this Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta recipe (or at least the recipe as one of the first I ever posted), and if you haven’t – welcome to the pasta of your dreams or as multiple comments below state, “the best pasta I’ve ever had.”

I was reminded of how this was one of the “best pastas ever” as I was editing these new photos and the second I was done, I gave into the siren calls and immediately whipped this Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta up for lunch. And I am going to be honest, it was amazing. And I am going to be doubly honest, I cheated. I didn’t add the chicken because I was super lazy but it was still incredible. So for a complete meal, totally add the chicken, for a lazier meal and more of a bacon ranch mac and cheese, skip the chicken – either way, if you love cheese, bacon, and ranch, you are going to LOVE this Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta recipe.

I wanted to create a pasta that reminded me of the baked potatoes I grew up on piled high with cheese, broccoli, bacon and ranch— I can’t get tired of saying those ingredients together because then I think of those ingredients together—in my mouth!

Instead of potatoes here we have pasta – glorious pasta! (I love eating pasta but I also love making pasta because it is always so fast and easy!) and instead of melted cheese we have rich, creamy cheese sauce. The sauce is made with only one tablespoon of butter, and a little olive oil, which is just awesome considering this makes a whole pound of pasta! Season the pasta with ground mustard, ranch seasoning, basil and garlic and shallots for a cheesy flavor explosion of yum.

Add in the broccoli, red bell peppers, chicken that melts in your mouth with ranchy goodness, and then top with crispy bacon and we have ourselves truly something beautiful. And by beautiful, I mean “one of the best pastas I’ve ever had!” I hope you will be saying that soon too! xo


Step 1

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil cook rotini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes drain.

Place bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook until evenly brown. Drain and chop.

In a large bowl, mix mayonnaise, ranch dressing mix, garlic powder, and garlic pepper. Stir in milk until smooth. Place rotini, bacon, tomato, black olives and cheese in bowl and toss to coat with dressing. Cover and chill at least 1 hour in the refrigerator. Toss with additional milk if the salad seems a little dry.