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Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad - a quick and easy combination of favorite flavors like bacon, cheddar cheese and ranch dressing tossed with pasta and BBQ sauce to create a cold side that will become your new go-to pasta salad dish! Great for picnics and potlucks too!

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad – a quick and easy combination of favorite flavors like bacon, cheddar cheese and  ranch dressing tossed with pasta and BBQ sauce to create a cold side that will become your new go-to pasta salad dish! Great for picnics and potlucks too!

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad - a quick and easy combination of favorite flavors like bacon, cheddar cheese and ranch dressing tossed with pasta and BBQ sauce to create a cold side that will become your new go-to pasta salad dish! Great for picnics and potlucks too!

After a long day and then trying to put dinner on the table, the last thing I want to think about is a complicated side dish. So I make this! It just doesn’t get any easier.  You can’t  go wrong with a mixture of pasta, bacon ranch dressing, and BBQ sauce to add amazing flavor. This dish takes about 10 minutes to make, the time it takes to boil pasta and fry up some bacon. How easy is that? The best part is that everyone loves it!

Reasons you will love this Pasta Salad:

  • Quick and easy to make with mostly pantry ingredients
  • Kids love this stuff…adults too!
  • Versatile – change up the ingredients to use up leftovers
  • Leftovers make a great next day lunch – store covered in the fridge for up to 3 days
Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad - a quick and easy combination of favorite flavors like bacon, cheddar cheese and ranch dressing tossed with pasta and BBQ sauce to create a cold side that will become your new go-to pasta salad dish! Great for picnics and potlucks too!

INGREDIENTS TO MAKE CHEDDAR BACON RANCH PASTA SALAD

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad - a quick and easy combination of favorite flavors like bacon, cheddar cheese and ranch dressing tossed with pasta and BBQ sauce to create a cold side that will become your new go-to pasta salad dish! Great for picnics and potlucks too!

To make the salad, get out a large bowl and pour in the cooked pasta. Add the bacon, red peppers, and cheese and toss until ingredients are evenly distributed.  In a small bowl, mix the ranch dressing and the BBQ sauce until blended. Pour over the pasta mixture and toss until the pasta and other ingredients are coated with the sauce. Salt and pepper the Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad to taste. Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour and serve cold.

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad - a quick and easy combination of favorite flavors like bacon, cheddar cheese and ranch dressing tossed with pasta and BBQ sauce to create a cold side that will become your new go-to pasta salad dish! Great for picnics and potlucks too!
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Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad – a quick and easy combination of favorite flavors like bacon, cheddar cheese and ranch dressing tossed with pasta and BBQ sauce to create a cold side that will become your new go-to pasta salad dish! Great for picnics and potlucks too!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 471kcal

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound rotini pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked crisp and chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup roasted red peppers, chopped (from a jar)
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a large bowl pour in the cooked pasta. Add the bacon, red peppers, and cheese and toss until ingredients are evenly distributed.
  • In a small bowl, mix the ranch dressing and the BBQ sauce until blended. Pour over the pasta mixture and toss until the pasta and other ingredients are coated with the sauce.
  • Salt and pepper the Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad to taste.
  • Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour and serve cold.

NOTES

Substitute light ranch dressing for reduced calories

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Nutrition Facts
Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 471 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 816mg35%
Potassium 231mg7%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 193IU4%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 82mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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3 Comments

  1. Thanks so much for the compliment and the pin!! I made this for my grown up sons and they actually fought over who would get the last serving – must be the bacon!! Thanks for dropping by:) Hugs- Christine

  2. My kids love pasta and cheddar! Since we don’t eat bacon, we usually use turkey instead. Thanks for sharing it with #OMHGWW and happy to co-host it with you 🙂

  3. I am going to have to pin this recipe and make this for my husband. He LOVES bacon, BBQ sauce and pasta salad.

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