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    Cheesy Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    20 mins

    10 mins

    10 mins

    921195's Note:

    Working at a pizza shop in high school, I loved a recipe similar to this. After years of trying to duplicate it, I think I've come about as close as I'm going to get, and I love it. There are many variations on ingredients that will make it healthier, but I suggest trying the original first since it is sinfully delicious.

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    Ingredients:

    Servings:

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    • 1 (20 ounce) package cheese tortellini
    • 1 lb bacon
    • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
    • 1 (8 ounce) package cheddar cheese, shredded
    • 1 cup ranch dressing (more may be used according to personal preference)

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Slice bacon into thin strips (1/2 - 1 inches in width). Separate slices and place into a preheated frying pan.
    2. 2
      While bacon is browning, prepare the tortellini's according to the package's directions. When the tortellini's are fully cooked, run under cool water, drain, and set aside to cool.
    3. 3
      When the bacon is fully cooked, carefully drain the grease and spread the bacon pieces onto paper towels to remove excess grease. Set aside to cool.
    4. 4
      Slice the tomatoes in half.
    5. 5
      In a large bowl, combine the tortellini's, bacon, tomatoes, cheese and ranch dressing. Stir to combine.
    6. 6
      Cover and refrigerate at least one hour, but as much as 2 days.
    7. 7
      When ready to serve, you may add the extra ranch dressing if you wish.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 13, 2009

      55

      Everyone loved this. I loved how easy it was to prepare! Two of my guests preferred this warmed and I preferrred it with the addition of some Frank's Red Hot. Also, I thought that red onions might make a nice addition to the dish. In the future I will probably add the cheese to the totrtellinis as quickly as I can while they are still hot so that the cheese melts. Overall though this is a very versatile recipe that will be served at my table again and again.

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    • on June 18, 2009

      55

      Love this recipe...I added pieces of cucumber and grilled chicken. Took it to a BBQ and it was a hit!

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    • on October 31, 2008

      55

      OMG!!! Made this last night, it was amazing!!! Can't stop talking about it.

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    Nutritional Facts for Cheesy Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

    Serving Size: 1 (223 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 746.3
     
    Calories from Fat 501
    67%
    Total Fat 55.7 g
    85%
    Saturated Fat 19.4 g
    97%
    Cholesterol 106.2 mg
    35%
    Sodium 1181.5 mg
    49%
    Total Carbohydrate 36.8 g
    12%
    Dietary Fiber 1.8 g
    7%
    Sugars 2.9 g
    11%
    Protein 23.9 g
    47%

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