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    18 mins

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    8 mins

    Wildflour's Note:

    I used to love that stuff years ago. Here's how to make it even better homemade. (The bacon ranch one.)

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    • 2 cups uncooked shell pasta
    • 4 -5 peeled baby carrots, shredded or 1 large regular carrot
    • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
    • 3/4 cup mayonnaise, more if desired (but NOT miracle whip)
    • 0.5 (1 ounce) packet hidden valley ranch dressing mix
    • 1/4 cup bacon bits (I use Hormel REAL bacon bits or pieces)
    • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder


    1. 1
      In large bowl, mix mayo, dressing mix, bacon bits, shredded carrots and onion powder. Chill while making the rest.
    2. 2
      Cook pasta according to pkg. directions for pasta using the shortest alotted time. (Or cook al dente.).
    3. 3
      Drain and cool.
    4. 4
      Fold in pasta well. Fold in peas last, carefully.
    5. 5
      Chill for several hours.
    6. 6
      Serve chilled or room temperature.
    7. 7
      Refresh salad if needed with a tiny bit of mayo, but it usually doesn't need it.
    8. 8
      Garnish top with more bacon bits/pieces.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 09, 2006


      This salad was really good! I followed other reviewers suggestions and used just a .5 oz packet of the dressing mix, kept the peas frozen, and used a couple slices of real bacon. It turned out really well except there wasn't as much of it as I thought there'd be. I was planning on making a double batch, but decided to try adding the extra cooked noodles (2 cups uncooked) to the finished batch first to see how it was. I thought that it was even better than before and didn't need anything else! I will definitely be making this again!

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    • on June 26, 2010


      Thanks so much for this delicious pasta salad! I use McCormick Bac'n Pieces because they are vegetarian, and still-frozen peas because you don't have to worry about being gentle when stirring. After you chill for a few hours, they have defrosted. Also like to use Barilla Mini Farfalle (bow ties). This is fantastic!

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    • on June 16, 2009


      I loved this salad even without the carrots and peas!

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    Nutritional Facts for Homemade "Suddenly Salad"

    Serving Size: 1 (95 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 402.4
    Calories from Fat 159
    Total Fat 17.7 g
    Saturated Fat 3.0 g
    Cholesterol 17.0 mg
    Sodium 478.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 50.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.3 g
    Sugars 6.2 g
    Protein 10.2 g

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    hidden valley ranch dressing mix

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