Pasta salad with ranch dressing for the ranch lovers. Use festive pasta for special holidays or events.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and reserve.

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  • In a large bowl, combine black olives, green olives, Cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, bacon bits, dressing, onion, ground black pepper and pasta; mix well.

  • Cover bowl, refrigerate to chill for one hour, and serve.

Nutrition Facts

959.4 calories; 30.1 g protein; 48 g carbohydrates; 150.8 mg cholesterol; 2018.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
07/25/2007
DO NOT make this recipe as shown - it is bland full of calories and not colorful at all. I cut the cheese and ranch dressing in half and omitted the bacon bits (also cubing the cheese instead of shredding it.) I halfed cherry tomatoes diced red onions instead of yellow onions quartered cucumber slices diced some fresh garlic and added it to the pasta along with a couple extra shakes of black pepper. This variation made the pasta colorful as well as "as healthy as" pasta and cheese covered with ranch dressing can be. The result with the veggie modifications was excellent and I would definitely make it again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
02/06/2007
oh this was terrible. i guess it really depends on what kind of salad dressing you use. overall it's just bad. Read More
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83 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 35
  • 4 star values: 32
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 4 stars
07/25/2007
DO NOT make this recipe as shown - it is bland full of calories and not colorful at all. I cut the cheese and ranch dressing in half and omitted the bacon bits (also cubing the cheese instead of shredding it.) I halfed cherry tomatoes diced red onions instead of yellow onions quartered cucumber slices diced some fresh garlic and added it to the pasta along with a couple extra shakes of black pepper. This variation made the pasta colorful as well as "as healthy as" pasta and cheese covered with ranch dressing can be. The result with the veggie modifications was excellent and I would definitely make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2006
This is delicious I get requests to make this all the time. It tastes much better if you make it the night before and let it set over night. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2007
I love this stuff! I will make it again and probably quite frequently as it's a nice change of pace for lunches. Added: broccoli red onion diced ham cheese crumbles Omitted: shredded cheese green olives Will omit or use depending on purpose of salad: bacon bits I made this recipe Sunday evening and it sat in the fridge overnight and into the day before it was eaten. I'd recommend that. I'd use just the ham in the future for a weekday salad because by the next day the bacon bits were no longer crunchy. However if serving fresh those bacon bits are a nice little crunch. I used only about half a bottle of ranch. When taste testing it seemed like a lot and to keep calories down we stopped at half. However the next day the pasta had completley absorbed the dressing. That was interesting but overall the flavor was fantastic and I'd do the same again next time I make this. Everyone in my office wanted this particular pasta salad so be prepared if you are taking it to work. It was fantastic and all the colors were very appealing. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/06/2007
oh this was terrible. i guess it really depends on what kind of salad dressing you use. overall it's just bad. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2003
I really enjoy this pasta salad...it's so easy and makes quite a bit. Great for a picnics and barbeques. What I did do is adjust some of the amounts and use an envelope of ranch dressing instead of a bottle and a jar of "real" bacon pieces instead of bacon bits. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2005
This makes a ton! I made it for Thanksgiving and it made enough to bring a batch to each side of the family. My husband and I loved it as did his family. My family didn't seem to enthused but it is their loss! I used rainbow rotini to give it some color and I only put about 12 oz. of cheese instead of 16 oz. I made it the night before and it was great the next day! All together a great and easy recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/13/2007
For my family this was just way too much cheese. If I make it again I will cut the cheese in half. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2008
I've made this 2 times and both ways were delicious. 1st time was exactly as recipe stated. 2nd time I substituted diced ham for the bacon fresh chopped chives for the green onion and 4 cheese Mexican shredded for the cheeses. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/16/2007
I made this for a potluck and about 90% of the people did not like it at all. I really liked it and would make it again just for myself. I followed the recipe exactly. This may be one of those recipes that people either love or hate with no middle ground. You'll never know unless you try though! Read More
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