Saturday, January 29, 2011

Pasta salad w/bacon & ranch dressing

So I forgot to include this pasta salad alongside with the Sloppy Joe posting of earlier today... So here is the salad that went with the sloppy joes... enjoy
Note* my husband likes shredded cheese in this salad, I don't like cheese really so this step is up to you....and I didn't put this in the salad... he added it to his :)

Pasta Salad with Bacon Ranch dressing

1/2 package pasta (I use orichette pasta, which means little ears in Italian, your italian lesson of today lol )
1 rib celery, diced
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1/4 cup real bacon bits
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

1 cup ranch dressing (I homemake Hidden Valley Ranch with Buttermilk)
1/2 cup mayo
1 T. sugar
splash of rice wine vinegar
sprinkle of salt & pepper

Cook pasta in salted water until al dente (or firm to the tooth).  Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. 

In large bowl mix dressing ingredients.  Add vegetables and cooked pasta stir well.  Let sit in fridge for a couple of hours to chill. 


  1. There's that ranch dressing again. I really think we should invest in Hidden Valley. It would be a quick rich...
    This pasta salad sounds fantastic. Pasta salad is one of my many weaknesses.

  2. Thanks... I am making your homemade ranch this week... gotta add the ingredients to my shopping list... I cannot wait :)