Easy Homemade Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad



– Pasta – medium shells, bow-tie or rotini work well. – Thick-cut bacon – Grape tomatoes – Frozen peas – Green onions – Plain Greek yogurt – White vinegar – Dried Parsley – Garlic salt – Onion powder – Black Pepper

Step 1: Cook Pasta to Al Dente

In large stock pot or Dutch oven, boil water to cook pasta. Cook to al dente package directions, but no longer. Shells work great, but any other small-medium pasta will work.

Step 2: Cool the Pasta on a Sheet Pan

When done cooking, immediately drain and rinse with cold water to stop pasta from cooking. Transfer rinsed pasta to a sheet pan and refrigerate to chill. This helps cool the pasta quickly.

Step 3: Mix the Ranch Dressing

In a bowl, whisk together the dressing: yogurt, vinegar, parsley, garlic salt, onion powder and pepper.

Step 5: Add the pasta salad ingredients to a bowl

To a large mixing bowl, add the halved tomatoes, bacon, peas and onions. Add the chilled pasta and toss together gently.

Step 6: Dress the Salad

Pour dressing over the top and toss once again to coat all ingredients.


A great summertime side dish! Excellent with BBQ or grilled chicken, chops, burgers and hot dogs. A great cookout side dish!

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