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Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon ranch pasta salad, pasta salad


  • 10 oz Bow tie pasta dry
  • 1 c Cheddar cheese shredded
  • 6 slices Bacon cooked crisp, crumbled
  • 1-2 Green onions sliced
  • 1/2 c Buttermilk ranch dressing


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the al dente package directions.

  2. Drain pasta and cool it down with cold water.

  3. Transfer cooled pasta to a large bowl.

  4. Add the cheddar, green onions, and ranch dressing. See notes below

  5. Fold ingredients together gently as to not tear the pasta

  6. Refrigerate salad covered for approximately one hour before serving.

  7. Just before serving, fold in crumbled bacon. See notes below

Recipe Notes

  • When adding the ranch, start with 1/2 c. If you find you like a creamier salad as more as you go, in small increments.
  • Waiting to add the crumbled bacon at the end ensures that the bacon will hold its crispiness, and not get soft while sitting in the salad ingredients.