Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

"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 website."
Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad created by daniellesummer
Ready In:
1 large salad


  • 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


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

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  1. daniellesummer
    Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Created by daniellesummer
  2. gardenmomof3
    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.
  3. bmcnichol
    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.
  4. 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.
  5. Beth A.
    One of my husband's favorite pasta salads. I add a little shredded cheddar cheese to mine, as well. Very tasty! :)



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