Pasta salads are a guilty pleasure for me. They have all the things I loved mixed in an extremely tasty creamy base and are just amazing. I HAVE to share with friends and family or I will eat the whole thing myself. Talk about an easy dinner recipe!
Plus, pasta salad is so simple to whip up for any family get together or for a work party. And you will be sure to get compliments with this cheesy bacon pasta salad anywhere you bring it.
This is also the type of salad I never have to force my kids to eat, so sometimes I will even sneak in some extra veggies too! You could always add in some raw broccoli or carrots to add an extra crunch.
If you want a few more pasta salad recipes to make this summer, you won’t want to miss our best creamy pasta salad recipe, cowboy pasta salad, or our amazing roasted veggie pasta salad recipe. They are all fantastic and will be loved by all!
Make sure to grab all of these things from the grocery store the next time you to make up this delicious BBQ side dish idea:
Bacon ranch pasta salad ingredients:
- Fusilli noodles (like THESE ones)
- Ranch dressing
- Green onions
- Bacon (cooked)
- Garlic salt
- Onion powder
- Cheddar cheese
The bacon for this easy pasta salad recipe will need to be already cooked! So, I thought I’d share a little tip that helps me make the best bacon without getting all of the grease flying at me while it’s cooking and I can do other things at the same time too.
BAKE IT IN THE OVEN! That’s right! You don’t have to cook the bacon on the stovetop if you don’t want to. Take a look at this recipe for the best oven baked bacon recipe from Delish.com.
A few more things you will need for this staple summer recipe:
- Large mixing bowl
- Large pot
- Rubber spatula
- Airtight container (THIS one is by far a favorite)
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If you are ready to eat a fantastic pasta salad filled with bacon and cheese, let’s get started!
To begin this delicious pasta salad, start by making the fusilli noodles according to the directions on the package. If you don’t have fusilli noodles, you could also use bow tie, tri color rotini, or any other noodles you have on hand.
Then, in a large mixing bowl, combine together the mayo, ranch dressing, green onions, cooked and crumbled bacon, garlic salt, onion powder, and the pepper. Mix everything until they are completely incorporated.
Then, once the noodles are done boiling, drain the noodles and run them under cold water to cool them down.
Once the noodles are cool, add the fusilli noodles and shredded cheddar cheese to the ranch and mayo mixture.
Now, all you have to do is mix everything together and throw it in the fridge for about 2 hours to let the flavors marinate together and then serve when you’re ready!
Try out this recipe for next week!
Do you love trying new recipes in your Instant Pot? I do! Plus it’s nice to know whatever you throw in the Instant Pot will taste amazing, sometimes I think it’s magic! Haha. Well, the kids in our house LOVE potato salad! When you use the Instant Pot to make this creamy protein-filled salad, it makes it just that much quicker and delicious. So this time make our Instant Pot Potato Salad and see how awesome it truly is!
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