Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Recipe by senseicheryl
READY IN: 10mins


  • 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.