Cheesy Bacon Pasta Salad

    Cheesy Bacon Pasta Salad

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    About this recipe: This is a great salad to enjoy as a side dish, main course or for lunch. Pasta is tossed with crispy bacon, tomatoes, olives and Cheddar in a creamy salad dressing.

    Ingredients
    Serves: 10 

    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic pepper
    • 125ml milk or as needed
    • 1 large tomato, chopped
    • 85g sliced black olives
    • 115g mature Cheddar cheese, grated

    Method
    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:1hr chilling  ›  Ready in:1hr25min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Stir in pasta and cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until al dente; drain.
    2. Place bacon in a frying pan over medium-high heat and cook until evenly brown. Drain and chop.
    3. In a large bowl, mix mayonnaise, Ranch dressing mix, garlic granules and garlic pepper. Stir in milk until smooth. Place bacon, tomato, black olives and cheese in bowl and toss to coat with dressing. Cover and chill at least 1 hour in the refrigerator. Toss with additional milk if the salad seems a little dry.
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    480

    I have always loved Suddenly Salad's Bacon & Ranch Pasta...they ain't got nothing on you Wilemon! This was sooo much better!!! I used a chopped roma tomato because that's what I had on hand, & I'm not a big fan of garlic powder so I subbed fresh minced garlic. I also used lite mayo (I always do...it's the only kind I buy). I didn't use fresh bacon as I had a huge bag of real bacon bits to use up....I probably added 3 or 4 handfuls because we were eating this for dinner & hubby likes his bacon. My can of olives were whole & there was no way I was going to slice them so I gave them a rough chop instead (I really loved the bites that had the olives in them so next time I think I might add more). I squeezed half a lemon (it wasn't a really juicy lemon) over it all & gave it a toss before serving & it freshened it up a bit. Very, very good pasta salad! BTW 3 tbp. of ranch mix is about the same as a packet of ranch mix.  -  27 May 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    410

    I've been making this salad for awhile and just got around to writing a review! My family LOVES this salad! Every time I make it someone asks for the recipe! I add two pkgs of the Ranch dressing mix and I add a cucumber, 1 1/2 cups peas, and a small bag of shredded carrots. When I want this to be more of a meal, I'll boil 3 chicken breasts, cube them and put them in the salad. I always let this salad sit over night or else make it in the morning. It tastes much better if you let it sit. Very yummy!  -  19 Aug 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    378

    On step 3 I neglected to instruct to add the pasta with bacon, tomatoes, etc. then toss. My grocery store has since started carrying grape tomatoes, I use them now because the salad will stay even fresher with uncut tomatoes by adding the grape tomatoes whole IF there is any left over.  -  30 Jan 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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