Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins
Total 30 mins
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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!

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 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


  • 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


  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.


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:


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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70 Responses
  1. 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!

  2. 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. 

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. David

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

  6. 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. 

  7. 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!!

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