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Shortcut Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Shortcut Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

This shortcut bacon ranch pasta salad recipe has only 4 ingredients. Comes out delicious every time. Great for a small side dish and easily doubles, triples for a larger crowd. 

Isn’t it nice when you come across a recipe that looks so good and is so simple make? I think so.

It’s even more rewarding when you just think up one in your head that happens to become a family favorite.

Well, this one I did find on the internet but, changed up the recipe just a bit to make it the most shortcut pasta salad and still tastes so delicious.

What I like about this particular salad is, it’s so versatile, you can add in a few more ingredients and use any brand of ranch dressing to change things up.

The best part is, you don’t need to cook any bacon!

I bought all natural cooked bacon at my local market.

That’s why I call this a real shortcut recipe.

Great when you need to throw something together in a hurry. 

My family happens to love Olive Garden dressings. I find them in all the markets and at Walmart. But, if you can’t find it, use your favorite dressing you have on hand or one you already know and like.

I know that this pasta salad is adored not only by my family but friends too.

Great for barbecues, potluck dinners and just as a side dish for something as simple as roast chicken or sliced steak.

Add some diced chicken or some cooked shrimp for a main dish. I’ve done that a few times. My family loved it. 

Try the easy-peasy bacon ranch pasta salad soon and enjoy! 

Shortcut Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Yields: about 8 sides

 

 

 

What are the four ingredients in this yummy looking pasta salad?

 

Here’s the simple ingredients:

  • box bow tie pasta (farfalle)
  •  block cheddar cheese, I used mild for this recipe
  •  box precooked bacon, I used Oscar Mayer 
  •  bottle ranch dressing, I used Olive Garden for this recipe 
  •  ground pepper to taste, this is optional
  • full printable recipe with amounts below in recipe box

 

 

 

 

 

 

How is the pasta salad prepared?

Here’s the easy directions:

  1. Cook pasta as directed on box. Drain thoroughly and you can rinse in cold water and drain again. 
  2. Chop up the cheese into little cubes. Cut up the precooked bacon as well. Save a little of each for garnish. 
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add the pasta. Then add in the cheese and bacon. Gently mix to combine. Try not to break up the pasta. 
  4. Add in the whole bottle of dressing. Again, gently toss to coat everything. I like using two large wooden spoons to do this. 
  5. Place in fridge for just about 30 minutes or up to 24 hours. Top with saved cheese and bacon. Now, serve up! ( pasta salad can stay in fridge up to 2 days in a sealed container.  

 

Enjoy the creamy deliciousness!

 

Before leaving, check out another delicious pasta salad.

Classic Macaroni Green Pea Salad

print recipe below

Shortcut Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is really a shortcut recipe. Only 4 ingredients is all it takes for this wonderful dish. Perfect for any gathering
Course Appetizer, pasta salad, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon ranch, bow tie pasta, pasta salad, ranch dressing
Servings 8 sides
Author Pam

Ingredients

  • 16 ounce box bow tie pasta
  • 8 ounce block cheddar cheese, I used mild
  • 6.3 ounce box precooked bacon, I used Oscar Mayer
  • 16 ounce bottle ranch dressing, I used Olive Garden for this recipe
  • ground pepper to taste, this is optional

Instructions

  1. 1.Cook pasta as directed on box. Drain thoroughly and you can rinse in cold water and drain again.

    2.Chop up the cheese into little cubes. Cut up the precooked bacon as well. Save a little of each for garnish.

    3.In a large mixing bowl, add the pasta. Then add in the cheese and bacon. Gently mix to combine. Try not to break up the pasta.

    4.Add in the whole bottle of dressing. Again, gently toss to coat everything. I like using two large wooden spoons to do this.

    5.Place in fridge for just about 30 minutes or up to 24 hours. Top with saved cheese and bacon. Now, serve up! ( pasta salad can stay in fridge up to 2 days in a sealed container. Enjoy!  

Totally simple to make, totally delectable!

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