Pasta Salad with Bacon

    8 hours 55 minutes

    This is a very easy recipe and perfect for barbecues and picnics. These quantities will serve a lot of people, so make less if it's just for yourself.

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    Serves: 10 

    • 500g seashell pasta
    • 500g sliced bacon
    • 1 1/2 cups light Ranch salad dressing
    • 1 small onion, chopped
    • 2 tomatoes, chopped

    Preparation:45min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:8hours chilling  ›  Ready in:8hours55min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool.
    2. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large deep frypan over medium-high heat until browned and crisp. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels.
    3. In a large bowl, stir together the Ranch dressing, onion and tomatoes. Mix in the cooled pasta. The pasta will absorb some of the dressing, so don't worry if it seems like too much. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Crumble bacon over the top just before serving.

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    Very yummy recipe. I now get requests for it...made a couple adjustments though...use mayonnaise and ranch dressing and add more than recipe calls for since it gets absorbed by the pasta. Also- use farfelle pasta and also add peas.  -  20 May 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I like this recipe. More importantly, my husband LOVES this recipe. It is terribly simple to make, which is a plus. However, I have made a few changes as I have made this recipe again. I thought the pasta soaked up too much of the dressing as it sat and it kindof lost it's ranch flavor. I add more ranch as it sits until it is the consistency I like. Also, I started using Bacon Ranch to up the ranch flavor. Also, I use green onions instead of regular onions, and add about 2 cups of peas.  -  04 May 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I brought this to a potluck and everyone loved it. I think it tastes best with the packaged ranch dressing mix, adding buttermilk and mayo to it, rather than bottled ranch. Also, next time I think I'd add sharp cheddar cheese to it. Yum!  -  03 Jul 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)