Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

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This is an easy bacon ranch pasta salad. The bacon ranch flavor combo is so delicious and it goes great in this festive pasta salad!

The pin for bacon ranch pasta salad recipe with photo of the finished product.

I love to make pasta salad recipes for family gatherings, lunches throughout the week, and even just for snacking during the day. The great thing about any pasta salad is that they hold up pretty well in the refrigerator throughout the week.

I can make a batch of pasta salad on Sunday and have leftovers for the whole week! This recipe is really easy and flavorful, everyone loves it! I get requests for this recipe more than anything else for parties and gatherings.

Another horizontal view of the finished bacon ranch pasta salad

What you’ll need to make my bacon ranch pasta salad:

Here’s the ingredient list for this easy pasta salad. You’ll love this one, it’s so good!

  • 1 bag of tri-color rotini pasta
  • 1 bottle of ranch dressing 
  • 1 cup tomatoes
  • 1 cup red, yellow, and orange bell peppers
  • 2 large carrots or 6-8 baby carrots
  • 1 medium avocado
  • 1 cup of real bacon bits
  • 1 cup of Colby jack cheese
Another pin that shows the finished pasta salad with bacon and ranch and toppings.

How to make this tasty pasta salad recipe:

This is a great recipe if you don’t like any muss or fuss. Everything gets prepped and then boom, you throw it together and mix it up!

I usually give my pasta salad recipes a little bit of time in the refrigerator to sit and soak up the flavors before I serve them. You can definitely make this one the night before and it’ll be awesome the next day!

  1. Add pasta to 4 quarts of lightly salted water. Cook according to the instructions on the bag. Remove pan from stove and drain the water. 
  2. Add pasta into a large bowl and chill in the fridge. Once pasta is completely chilled, remove from fridge.
  3. Cut your tomatoes in half and set aside.
  4. Cut your peppers into rings and set aside. 
  5. Peel your carrots and set aside
  6. Slice your avocado and set aside.
  7. Grab you chilled pasta and your other ingredients.
  8. Using a large spoon, toss all the ingredients until well incorporated.
A top down view of the finished pasta salad recipe

Can bacon ranch pasta salad be frozen?

I’m not a fan of freezing and thawing out pasta salad. There’s just something about the pasta that doesn’t seem to like the process. This bacon ranch pasta salad usually gets eaten in a hurry in our house so I don’t normally have a chance to freeze it!

Another horizontal view of the finished bacon ranch pasta salad

If you do try freezing it I would say definitely let it thaw out in the refrigerator for a day or so before you try eating it. Thawing it out in the microwave or in hot water is going to make it a little overcooked I’d think!

Pasta options for bacon ranch pasta salad:

This recipe calls for tri-color rotini pasta but you could use a variety of pasta options and still have great results. I’d recommend a rotini style pasta or penne.

A look into the bowl full of finished bacon ranch salad with tri-colored pasta

If you use elbow macaroni make sure you cook it until it’s soft. I’ve found that elbow macaroni tends to get a bit stiff in pasta salad recipes if it’s not cooked entirely!

Can I make this bacon ranch pasta salad gluten free?

I think this recipe would be great with gluten free pasta of any kind. It’s a delicious recipe and most of the ingredients are naturally gluten free.

Another pin showing the finished recipe for bacon ranch pasta salad!

Make sure to read your labels on the ingredients listed above, the only thing you should really need to swap out is the pasta!

A great photo of the finished bacon ranch pasta salad with toppings ready to be served

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Printable bacon ranch pasta salad recipe:

Yield: 8 Servings

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of tri-color rotini pasta
  • 1 bottle of ranch dressing
  • 1 cup tomatoes
  • 1 cup red, yellow, and orange bell peppers
  • 2 large carrots or 6-8 baby carrots
  • 1 medium avocado
  • 1 cup of real bacon bits
  • 1 cup of Colby jack cheese

Instructions

  1. Add pasta to 4 quarts of lightly salted water. Cook according to the instructions on the bag. Remove pan from stove and drain the water.
  2. Add pasta into a large bowl and chill in the fridge. Once pasta is completely chilled, remove from fridge.
  3. Cut your tomatoes in half and set aside.
  4. Cut your peppers into rings and set aside.
  5. Peel your carrots and set aside
  6. Slice your avocado and set aside.
  7. Grab you chilled pasta and your other ingredients.
  8. Using a large spoon, toss all the ingredients until well incorporated.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 220Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 375mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 10g
I am not a medical expert. These calculations are provided as a courtesy.

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