Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

READY IN: 10mins
Recipe by senseicheryl

Remember the Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad? This is close... but better. Careful, though - its pretty addictive! This recipe and many others can be found at the www.recipe4living.com website.

Top Review by Stephsfanny

Quick, easy, and yummy! I added a spoonful of sour cream with the mayo and a can of cooked chicken breast chunks, to make it a little more hearty. I was thinking sliced olives and green onions or chives might be a good addition, too.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 cups pasta (uncooked shells)
  • 5 baby carrots, shredded (or 1 large regular carrot)
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 34 cup mayonnaise, more if desired but NOT miracle whip
  • 1 ounce hidden valley ranch dressing mix (or 1/2 of a .4 oz. package of the buttermilk version)
  • 14 cup bacon bits (I use Hormel REAL bacon bits or pieces)
  • 12 teaspoon onion powder

Directions

  1. In large bowl, mix mayo, dressing mix, bacon bits, shredded carrots and onion powder. Chill this mixture while you continue making the rest of the salad.
  2. Cook pasta al dente, drain and cool. Fold in pasta carefully.
  3. Gently fold in peas last.
  4. Chill for several hours and serve chilled or at room temperature.
  5. Refresh salad if needed with a tiny bit of mayo, but it usually doesn't need it.
  6. Garnish top with more bacon bits pieces. You can never have too much bacon.

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