Cheesy Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

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.

Ready In:
20mins
Serves:
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ingredients

  • 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

  • Slice bacon into thin strips (1/2 - 1 inches in width). Separate slices and place into a preheated frying pan.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Slice the tomatoes in half.
  • In a large bowl, combine the tortellini's, bacon, tomatoes, cheese and ranch dressing. Stir to combine.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least one hour, but as much as 2 days.
  • When ready to serve, you may add the extra ranch dressing if you wish.
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"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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  1. KellyMac6
    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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  2. megsacoug
    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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  3. shannongoddess
    OMG!!! Made this last night, it was amazing!!! Can't stop talking about it.
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  4. Beansy
    Absolutely wonderful salad. I took it to a potluck and everyone wanted the recipe. Quick and easy to make makes it a winner. Thanks for the recipe!
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  5. 921195
    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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