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    Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

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    10 mins

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    senseicheryl's Note:

    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.

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    Ingredients:

    Yield:

    large s ...

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    • 2 cups pasta (uncooked shells)
    • 5 baby carrots, shredded (or 1 large regular carrot)
    • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
    • 3/4 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)
    • 1/4 cup bacon bits (I use Hormel REAL bacon bits or pieces)
    • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

    Directions:

    1. 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. 2
      Cook pasta al dente, drain and cool. Fold in pasta carefully.
    3. 3
      Gently fold in peas last.
    4. 4
      Chill for several hours and serve chilled or at room temperature.
    5. 5
      Refresh salad if needed with a tiny bit of mayo, but it usually doesn't need it.
    6. 6
      Garnish top with more bacon bits pieces. You can never have too much bacon.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 26, 2010

      55

      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.

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    • on July 30, 2010

      55

      I was looking for a homemade Suddenly Salad type and this was it. I didn't have any packets of ranch mix but had a big jar of the same thing that I bought from Sam's. I used 1 and 1/2 Tbs. of the mix. I'm guessing it would be about 1/2 of what would be in a packet. I also didn't have any carrots to shred but I did have frozen peas and carots mixed together so I used that. I cooked the peas and carrots in with the pasta. I thought it was very good.

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    • on June 04, 2010

      45

      This was good and easy to make but this ended up a bit salty for us. I added more mayo and then we liked it better. I followed the recipe as written other then I didn't add the peas. This was a nice, different salad. We all enjoyed this.

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    Nutritional Facts for Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

    Serving Size: 1 (567 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1509.9
     
    Calories from Fat 560
    37%
    Total Fat 62.2 g
    95%
    Saturated Fat 9.2 g
    46%
    Cholesterol 45.8 mg
    15%
    Sodium 1463.3 mg
    60%
    Total Carbohydrate 205.8 g
    68%
    Dietary Fiber 12.9 g
    51%
    Sugars 25.1 g
    100%
    Protein 33.7 g
    67%

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    hidden valley ranch dressing mix

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