This Hidden Valley Ranch bacon ranch pasta salad is the best way to have an awesome Super Bowl party or summer picnic or just an awesome party! Heck, it’s even great just on Saturdays!
This girl is not a huge fan of mayonnaise, so I wanted to come up with a creamy pasta salad that had a little bit more flare to it than other easy pasta salad recipes. Now, ranch dressing, on the other hand, is something that this girl gets behind 110%!
Throw in a dash of bacon, cheddar and some other awesome ingredients to come up with this Hidden Valley ranch pasta salad recipe. (Bacon and cheddar cheese make it extra amazeballs)
Hidden Valley Ranch Pasta Salad with Super Powers of BACON
One of my favorite memories of summer is all the ranch dressing that I used as a kid to devour my vegetables. This girl could eat carrots with ranch for days. There was just something about the smooth creamy taste of ranch with the crisp sweet carrots. Yeah, that love still hasn’t changed.
Sometimes I feel like the Bubba Gump of ranch dressing. Bacon cheddar ranch pasta salad; bacon cheddar ranch salad dressing; bacon cheddar ranch macaroni and cheese (oh this one is coming soon!); ranch dressing on salad; ranch dressing on chicken; ranch dressing on rice casserole. There’s really not a single thing I wouldn’t douse in ranch. (Ok, maybe there’s a few things but you get the point!)
EQUIPMENT NEEDED FOR THIS BACON PASTA RANCH SALAD
- Hedgehog Cheese Grater
- Chef’s Knife
- Pasta Strainer
- Measuring Spoons
- Mixing Bowls with Lids
- Cutting Board
- Wooden Spoon
Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Cooking Tips
This bacon and cheese ranch pasta salad is easy, peasy lemon squeezy to make, but there are a few tips I’m gonna share with you to help you make it EXTRA awesome.
- Cook your pasta just a tad past al dente: You don’t want to crunch your pasta salad, but you don’t want it to be mushy either…EWWW….. If you cook it just a tad past al dente, and let it dry a little while you cook the bacon it will be perfect.
- Cook your bacon and pat dry: Cooking your bacon extra crispy (not burnt….that’s TOOO CRISPY), and then putting it on a paper towel, let it set for a little while and pat the top with another paper towel. This will make sure your bacon is nice and crunchy and doesn’t sog down the salad.
- Save the dressing for later: Ideally, you want to add the Ranch dressing less than an hour from when you are serving it. If you’re going to a party, bring the dressing with you in a separate container ( I LOVE these bowls and containers). At the beginning of the party add your dressing and top with the crispy fried onions. Then it’s PARTY TIME!
Other Great Recipes for a Large Party
If you are planning a party, you need to check out these other super awesome dishes!
- Crockpot queso dip: Great for a Super Bowl Party or any other get together!
- Easy Italian Pasta Salad Recipe: This easy pasta salad recipe is much like it’s ranch cousin, but it’s punched with flavor thanks to homemade Italian salad dressing and other goodies!
- Easy Dip Recipes: Cheesy Bacon Ranch Dip: Another of my favorite cheese, bacon and ranch combos!
When we made this recipe, we thought it was going to be good, but I didn’t realize just HOW good. (Sometimes I surprise myself)
could. not. stop. eating. it. It’s right up there with my crack dip. (which by the way I can’t stop eating either)
This will definitely be an easy side dish that you won’t have leftovers from, plus it’s super crazy easy to make multiple batches.
We made this easy pasta salad of awesomeness using Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing, but here’s the top secret tip. You can use ANY of the new Hidden Valley Ranch flavors. We tried them all, and they are all fabulous in this recipe. Ready to get to cookin’?
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This delicious bacon cheddar ranch pasta salad is so good you won't be able to stop eating it! Want to make this bacon ranch pasta salad for a crowd? Just double or triple this recipe. Just remember to add the ranch dressing last minute.
Creamy Bacon Cheddar Ranch Pasta Salad
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 473Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 1284mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 27g
This delicious bacon cheddar ranch pasta salad is so good you won't be able to stop eating it!
Want to make this bacon ranch pasta salad for a crowd? Just double or triple this recipe. Just remember to add the ranch dressing last minute.
Diane Roark says
We love pasta and ranch dressing. This looks like a super quick and easy recipe. YUM!
Thanks for sharing!
We love ranch dressing so much! I could eat it with everything!!
Mama to 5 BLessings says
This looks great! What a perfect picnic food! Everything goes great with bacon!
Nancy @ Whispered Inspirations says
OMG, this looks amazing! Especially the crispy onions and the creamy dressing. Yum.
We love anything ranch – and I mean anything! Plus it has bacon – no need for anything else!
Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert says
Bacon, cheese, and pasta are my daughter’s favorite foods! She would love a dish that combined all of them!
I love to make salads for bbqs. This sounds amazing, I had no idea you could get roasted garlic ranch like this.
Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says
I can’t hose a cookout without pasta salad. It’s a summer staple in our house.
I have to be honest. I decided I was going to make this and also give it five stars as soon as I read the words “creamy bacon ranch”. =D
My family would enjoy this dish. What is it about bacon that makes everything taste so great.
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
What I need to do is get all of that deliciousness into this belly right here. This weekend is gonna be a tasty one.
Oh wow this looks really delicious! I’ll have to make it at home for my fami0ly!
Catherine S says
This pasta salad looks so yummy. It will be perfect for out Labor Day BBQ. Thanks for the recipe.
Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama says
I love that you say you couldn’t stop eating it. I have a BLT pasta salad that I eat WHILE I make… so good!
I love pasta salad. This one sounds so elicious and creamy. I have to make it for my next barbecue.
This looks like an amazing pasta salad! So creamy!
Liz Mays says
Oh this sounds really good right about now. We’re really going to have to try that Garlic Ranch flavor.
Laura Gregory says
This is one for the cookbook. I will be using this for our family picnic too.
This looks amazing! How yummy! I can’t wait to try it out. We love ranch around here… and pasta!
Travel Blogger says
You had me at bacon! This looks delicious!
That looks so yummy. I love anything pasta salad.
Toni | BoulderLocavore says
This salad has everything I love in it. A perfect combination of flavors and great for upcoming tailgate parties.
Oh my goodness this looks so delicious. I’ll have to make this for the boys.
That sounds like a great recipe. I mean you can’t go wrong with ranch or bacon. I hope to have a BBQ over the long weekend.
Pasta is one of our favorites in this house. This looks delicious, I’m sure even my kiddos would agree and eat this right up. It looks amazing.
Ora Lee Gurr says
Awesome! You just solved the question of what’s for lunch. I’m going to head over to the store for the bacon, sharp cheddar, and crispy fried onions in a bit. This pasta salad looks scrumptious!
Ann Bacciaglia says
This looks like a delicious recipe. I love pasta salad. I am sure this will be a biog hit with my family.
Anne - Mommy Has to Work says
I’m not sure I want to try this… I may eat it all!
You had me at bacon! I love great side salad ideas, yum!
This looks amazing. Ranch and bacon are always a great combo.
Shannon Gurnee says
I love pasta salad! I will definitely be trying some of these pasta salad recipe ideas!
Ashley Sears says
Looks amazing! Have to try this soon, thanks for the recipe.
Ash Sears says
Hope you love it!