This is an easy but flavorful pasta salad that I'm always asked to bring to potlucks. With chunks of onion, tomato, and bacon, smothered in Ranch dressing, it is full of flavor! This salad tastes best if made several hours ahead of time.

Kristy Hopkins
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 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 the pasta, and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain, and rinse under cold water to cool.

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  • Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat until browned and crisp. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels.

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

341 calories; 15.5 g total fat; 26 mg cholesterol; 711 mg sodium. 38.2 g carbohydrates; 12.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2007
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. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/18/2010
From the ingredients I thought I would have loved this but I really didn't care for it at all. Neither did anyone at the family reunion. Wont be making this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2007
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2007
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2006
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2006
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2012
I make this pretty much the same only I do half mayo half sour cream and add a double batch of homemade dry ranch seasoning mix. I don't usually keep shell pasta on hand--elbow macaroni is usually the pasta I'll use. I like to use either red or green onions in this salad recipe. If you can make this earlier in the day so it has time to set and really let the flavors work together. EDITED: I make this "lighter" now making the dressing from a mixture of nonfat greek yogurt lowfat mayonnaise and reduced fat sour cream for the dressing turkey bacon and whole wheat pasta. My family actually prefers the lower fat version! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2005
Very good recipe! I added chopped celery and pre-chopped the bacon before frying it. Also the Kraft Ranch with bacon dressing tastes great for this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2007
I also used the baccon ranch dressing. I added frozen peas chopped celery red onion and extra dressing. I used whole wheat pasta because its what I had on hand and no one could tell. Everyone loved it and it is super easy to make. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2006
My husband and I loved it! We ate it for lunch several days after. We used Rotini noodles instead to add some color. (See picture) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2005
I really liked this recipe. I have never made home-made pasta salad before. It was super easy. I really like italian dressing and my husband loves ranch.. so I did 1 cup ranch and 1/2 cup italian. It turned out wonderful. We ate it before refrigerating it and loved it. A few hours later we got it back out and it was pretty dry and not as good. We will add more dressing before eating it again. No biggie. LOVED IT!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/01/2011
Great pasta salad! I used green onion and along with some cherry tomatoes I used a whole bag of thawed petite sweet peas. I made my own ranch dressing using Hidden Valley Ranch packets milk and mayonaisse. After it refrigerated it was delicious - husband loved it! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/18/2010
From the ingredients I thought I would have loved this but I really didn't care for it at all. Neither did anyone at the family reunion. Wont be making this again. Read More
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