Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins
Total 30 mins

This Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad recipe is quick, easy and totally delicious. Creamy pasta salad with cheddar cheese, bacon, peas & ranch seasoning all tossed together for a great potluck dish!

Ranch Pasta Salad with peas, cheese and bacon.

A Creamy Homemade Pasta Salad Recipe – With Bacon!

This Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad is going to be your new favorite side dish to take to a party, a potluck, a bbq…or to eat all all alone. It’s seriously just that good. If I make it ahead for a party, I can’t stop sneaking bites!

I have made a good handful of pasta salad recipes over the years and this one might win the title for my favorite pasta salad, ever.

The only one that makes me question the title is Kerri’s Tuna Pasta Salad. Cause that’s the bomb.com too.

Pasta salad close up photo in a bowl.

They have some similarities, and a few differences, but both are extra delicious. This Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad might have a little edge on the tuna salad because it is loaded with bacon and ranch seasoning. You know, only two of the best flavors…ever.

Ellie and Lyla have grown ever more picky lately and I can only assume it’s because they are coming closer and closer to the dreaded three’s. When they were about a year old and younger, they ate almost everything and anything. That said, I was incredibly excited to watch them gobble down this homemade pasta salad.

Crispy fried bacon on parchment paper

Recipe Ingredients

Obviously, there are three can’t miss ingredients right in the name. Bacon, Ranch and Pasta. 

Bacon: you want fresh crispy bacon that is pan fried or bacon cooked in the oven. Drain and crumble it.

Pasta: Elbows, rigatoni, shells, bow tie, or campanelle, it’s all good! 

Ranch: head to the salad dressing aisle and grab the package of the dry ranch dressing mix. 

There are a few more ingredients that add a ton of flavor, peas, cheddar cheese, sour cream and mayo. 

If you want, you can also add a little actual ranch dressing, but I find it’s not needed. 

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad in a bowl with bacon, cheese and peas.

Make Ahead or Fresh?

This Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad is best within a couple hours of making it, in my opinion. However, some of my girlfriends make this and their families prefer it the next day! 

If you make it the day before, the pasta will soak up more of the liquid and flavors. So if you are making it ahead, you will want to add additional sour cream, mayo or ranch dressing before serving. 

It’s really all about personal preference, both ways are good!

Up close image of bacon ranch pasta salad with cheese.

I hope you enjoy this pasta salad as much as my family does! It’s one of those recipes we make over and over.

This pasta salad has traveled with us to many a family get together and is always one of the first to go. 

It is the perfect dish to bring to a potluck or bbq, is super easy to make and has a ton of flavor.

Yield: 10 servings

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad: a quick, easy and creamy pasta salad with cheddar cheese, bacon, peas and ranch seasoning all tossed together for a great potluck dish!

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad: a quick, easy & creamy pasta salad with cheddar cheese, bacon, peas & ranch seasoning all tossed together for a great potluck dish!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 oz) box elbow noodles
  • 1 (1 oz) package hidden valley ranch dip seasoning mix
  • 1 (16 oz) container sour cream
  • 1/3 cup mayo
  • 1 (16 oz) block cheddar cheese (sharp or mild), cubed
  • 1 (10 oz) bag frozen peas, thawed
  • 8 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Boil pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water, stir so they don’t stick. Let cool while you prep the rest.
  2. Mix the ranch seasoning, sour cream and mayo together until well combined.
  3. Place pasta in a large bowl. Mix together with ranch mixture.
  4. Toss in cheese, peas and bacon. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

Notes

If you make this Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad ahead, know that it might suck up some of the sauce over time, so you can add a little more sour cream, mayo or regular ranch dressing if needed.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10 servings

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 139Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 307mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g

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Comments

68 Responses
  1. SeattleGracie

    How come so many of you always have to comment or say that you made the recipe but added this or changed that or changed the entire recipe altogether?

    Just post your own recipes.

    I made this a few times last summer and again today and I actually only use 1/2 packet of the dry ranch dip which is absolutely perfect. How someone in a comment said this salad is too bland no flavor for her family, I completely disagree. Half a packet is plenty of the ranch dip. I’ll probably make it with 2 full packs of bacon the next time instead of an entire pack because bacon is what makes this salad so great and just 8 slices will never be enough for our liking. Such an easy and with hardly any ingredients salad.

    Absolutely delicious. I’m always looking for the super of easy recipes and this one is a definite keeper.

    Much appreciated by us at my house. Yum!

  2. Amy Forsyth

    Gonna make today or tomorrow and do my add in’s such as red onion, maybe green as well, plus chopped Roma tomatoes! Will probably double the bacon, bc, you can NEVER EVER, have too much bacon! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Summer meals in August - A Net in Time

    […] The one I made thinking my hubby would be delighted with it… he was, as was my son.   Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad.   I did a herb garlic base and added 1/3 of a red pepper along with half a white onion.  Total […]

  4. Christine @ myblissfulmess

    This salad makes a lot and is PERFECT for a summer cookout! It’s easy and quick to make and is SO tasty! Leftovers did not dry out so that was a big plus so we could eat the leftovers with lunch the next day. I used light mayo and light sour cream and center-cut bacon to cut back on fat and calories. As usual, no one was the wiser! I also added chopped red onion to this salad to amp up the flavor. It was PERFECT!

  5. James Steele

    I’ve made this 3 times already!! Every time it get’s eaten so quickly. It’s a great one to have on hand during the week to fill in gaps when you forget to cook and need something savory. This hits the spot so everytime!

  6. Momi

    Can’t wait to try this. Recipe says hidden valley ranch dip mix (which is what I bought), but your comments say dressing mix. Does it matter?

  7. Erin N

    Absolutely love this, my daughter started eating the ranch dressing mix before I could put it in the salad lol. I was reading the nutrition info on your recipe and it states 1 serving but not how big the serving is. How would I find this out? I’m trying to count calories, thanks!

  8. Helen Joy

    You had me at Bacon-Ranch-Pasta, but I have 3 words as an option:
    SMOKED
    CHEDDAR
    CHEESE
    That is all!!! Great recipe 🙂
    Helen

  9. Jo P

    Very good at first bite. I added black olives and green onions with a small amount of red onion. I guess it’s the dried ranch dressing that makes it such a hit but very bright and tasty. Will definitely continue to make this particular pasta recipe

  10. Dee

    Love the recipe. Used Barilla pasta made from chickpeas and red lentils, helps with blood sugar spikes. Used 2 packets of HVR seasoning, Fiesta with the 16oz. sour cream and just a little extra milk for extra creaminess and also added a can of seasoned black beans, drained and rinsed and a small can of corn, drained, and peppered real bacon bits. Super Yummy!!

  11. Anne Li

    I quite liked the salad. I added some romaine lettuce instead of the peas to help absorb the sauce a bit more. I also used ranch and some seasonings instead of the dry sauce. It was very easy and quick! I loved the recipe!

  12. Suzanne Scriven

    As much as we love pasta, bacon, and Hidden Valley Ranch Dip, our family thought this macaroni salad was much too bland. Wouldn’t make it again.

  13. Nancy Z

    Made this for a sailing club potluck and it was a big hit. It was a big hit with me because I had the ingredients on hand.
    A few comments…I didn’t have HVR dressing mix, just a generic, and I’m sure HVR would have bolder flavors. I used shredded sharp cheddar rather than a cubed block cheddar and think cubed cheese would have added a bit more punch. Next time I think I will use a bit more mayo and a bit less sour cream. I also like the idea of adding a bit of chopped celery and onion for more crunch. Last, I’ve learned to add the bacon just before serving to keep it crispy.
    This recipe is definitely a keeper!

  14. Joni

    Can’t wait to try this recipe! Im going to a potluck this weekend. I found this just in time! Thank Youuuu! Im sure it’ll be a hit!

  15. Christie

    This recipe is a definite keeper.  Just made for church potluck tomorrow ….. soooooo good!  Only change I made was using shredded cheddar instead of cubing a block of cheese. 

  16. Kathy Jester

    This recipe sounds really good and I am going to be making this for lunch today can’t wait to taste it and see if my husband will like it or not.

  17. Tina Poer

    I’ve made several times as written and liked it. Tonight I added 1/2 red bell pepper and 1/2 sweet onion ants it was great! Husband loved it too and he doesn’t like raw onions. Thanks for the recipe.

  18. David

    Flat out awesome. Made it for the 4th of July tomorrow. I know it will a hit with everyone. Wife definitely approves. 

  19. Amanda

    I just made this. I used 1 8oz bag shredded sharp cheddar instead of the block of cheese, I added diced celery and onion- I used white, but I’m thinking red onion would be good! And I used the fully cooked bacon from the store for convenience, and it turned out absolutely amazing! I love the added celery and onion for crunch. 

  20. Pam B

    Just made a small amount to try. So sorry I didn’t make more. Ate half of it before it got to the fridge for later. Thank you, thank you for a new noodle salad. YUMM!!

  21. Chaquel Goldston

    So I was looking for something to make for my family’s Memorial Day cookout and found this. It sounded good, but since my sister doesn’t like peas, I substituted shredded carrots instead. It was a hit! I also used shredded cheese as well. I will definitely be making this again!

  22. Rebecca {foodie with family}

    This is one of those recipes where you can almost taste it when you read it. It sounds divine. I love all of this.

  23. Amanda Bacon

    This turned out fantastic! Even used light sour cream and mayo to reduce calories. Tasted just as good! Thanks!

  24. Jennifer

    I’m also a mom who struggles to get my kids to open their mouths when it comes to “different” things. It can be so frustrating! Can’t wait to try it and see if it’ll pass their test. I know hubby and I will both devour it!

  25. Michele {Delish Dishes from Michele}

    I totally understand the picky eater stage! My daughter is two and she LOVES cereal and chips for any meal LOL! They grow out of it I’m sure!

    This pasta salad looks so good! But my husband doesn’t care for peas. Can you suggest another veggie that would go well in the salad; broccoli maybe? Thanks!

  26. Jen

    It’s like you thought of all the things my kids will eat and put it all together in one yummy dish! This is sure to be my go to this summer!! Thanks!!

  27. Samya Memon

    Made this last weekend and loved it. Brought it today to a potluck and everyone asked for the recipe. thanks for sharing it.

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