Bacon Pasta Salad

    4 hours 25 min

    An easy pasta dish, which is packed full of flavour and quick to make. Pasta is tossed with bacon, onion and tomatoes in a Ranch dressing. Enjoy as a side dish.

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    Serves: 10 

    • 450g conchiglie (shell) pasta
    • 450g streaky bacon
    • 350ml Ranch salad dressing
    • 1 small onion, chopped
    • 2 tomatoes, chopped

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:4hr chilling  ›  Ready in:4hr25min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add the pasta and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool.
    2. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large deep frying pan over medium-high heat until browned and crisp. Remove from the pan and drain on kitchen towels.
    3. In a large bowl, stir together the Ranch dressing, onion and tomatoes. Mix in the cooled pasta. The pasta will absorb some of the dressing, so don't worry if it seems like too much. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Crumble bacon over the top just before serving.

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    delicious...whole family loved it  -  05 Oct 2015


    Very yummy recipe. I now get requests for it...made a couple adjustments though...use mayonnaise and ranch dressing and add more than recipe calls for since it gets absorbed by the pasta. Also- use farfelle pasta and also add peas.  -  20 May 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I like this recipe. More importantly, my husband LOVES this recipe. It is terribly simple to make, which is a plus. However, I have made a few changes as I have made this recipe again. I thought the pasta soaked up too much of the dressing as it sat and it kindof lost it's ranch flavor. I add more ranch as it sits until it is the consistency I like. Also, I started using Bacon Ranch to up the ranch flavor. Also, I use green onions instead of regular onions, and add about 2 cups of peas.  -  04 May 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)