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Creamy Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

This Easy Creamy Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad is a homemade classic dish perfect for any spread or cookout. This side dish is cheesy thanks to cheddar and is also loaded with plenty of veggies, mayo, Greek yogurt, or sour cream.

bacon ranch pasta salad in a white bowl

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Have you seen the Suddenly Pasta Salads in stores? Maybe you love to grab them and make them! You can make your own pasta salads….homemade from scratch at home, honey! They are so simple! Trust me, here.

Nothing beats bacon right? Well maybe the combination with ranch….

fresh spinach, chopped cucumbers, black olives, and tomatoes in separate glass bowls
chopped bacon, shredded cheese, Greek yogurt, mayo, and homemade ranch seasoning in separate glass bowls

What Type of Pasta to Use

You can use whatever you like. I use rotini. Something like penne, spaghetti, or linguine will also work. If you are looking for low carb, check out my Keto Low Carb Pasta Salad.

uncooked rotini pasta in a glass bowl
cooked rotini pasta in a glass bowl

Ranch Seasoning

I like to use my Homemade Ranch Seasoning in this recipe. The store-bought packets include ingredients like maltodextrin, artificial flavor, and carboxymethyl cellulose (used to thicken and create creamy texture).

Carboxymethyl cellulose is a water-soluble cellulose ether obtained by chemical modification from natural cellulose such as cotton linter or wood pulp.

Maltodextrin is a white, starchy powder that manufacturers add into many foods to improve their flavor, thickness, or shelf life. Maltodextrin is a common ingredient in packaged foods, such as pastries, candies, and soft drinks. Maltodextrin is high on the glycemic index (GI), meaning that it can cause a spike in your blood sugar. You can read more about maltodextrin here.

I feel like I’m better off simply making my own. It’s pretty easy. Feel free to use store-bought seasonings like Hidden Valley if you wish.

homemade ranch seasoning in a white bowl

How to Make Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Exact measurements and detailed instructions can be found in the recipe card below.

  1. Cook rotini in accordance with the package instructions.
  2. Rinse the rotini in cold water and pat dry.
  3. Add the rotini to your serving dish along with cucumbers, bacon, ranch seasoning, tomatoes, olives, shredded cheese, and spinach.
  4. Chill.
cooked rotini pasta in a glass bowl with mayo and greek yogurt
bacon ranch pasta salad in a glass bowl

Additional Toppings and Ideas

bacon ranch pasta salad in a white bowl

Can You Use Ranch Dressing?

Sure, if you want. I’m not a huge fan of the texture when salad dressing is used. I like for this pasta salad to be thick and creamy. The combination of Greek yogurt and mayo does that for me.

If you choose to use salad dressing, use enough to suit your taste.

Can You Substitute Mayo?

Yes, you can sub it for additional Greek yogurt or sour cream.

Can You Omit the Cheese?

Yes.

How to Make it Vegetarian

Simply omit the bacon.

bacon ranch pasta salad in a white bowl

How Long Can it Sit Out

It can sit out 1-2 hours. It takes about 2 hours for bacteria to start to grow to dangerous levels. In warm temperatures, that time shrinks. You can read the Food Safety Guidance from the FDA here.

Can You Make it Ahead of Time/How Long Does it Last in the Fridge

Yes, store the salad in the fridge (tightly covered) for up to 3-4 days. When the salad sits in the fridge overnight (or for several hours), the pasta will absorb a lot of the moisture and it isn’t as creamy.

If you plan to make this ahead you will likely need to refresh the salad with a little mayo or Greek yogurt (or sour cream) immediately before serving.

Can You Freeze It?

You can freeze it, but I wouldn’t recommend it. In general, mayo, yogurt, and sour cream do not freeze well and usually develops ice crystals.

bacon ranch pasta salad in a white bowl

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a forkful on bacon ranch pasta salad

More Ranch Recipes

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Get a full listing of BBQ and Cookout Recipes here. Pair this with Air Fryer Croutons.

bacon ranch pasta salad in a white bowl
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Creamy Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

This Easy Creamy Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad is a homemade classic dish perfect for any spread or cookout. This side dish is cheesy thanks to cheddar and is also loaded with plenty of veggies, mayo, Greek yogurt, or sour cream.
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Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon ranch pasta salad, ranch pasta salad recipe, rotini pasta salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
chill 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 305kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 oz rotini pasta
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 8 slices cooked and crumbled bacon
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 cup chopped cucumbers
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes Sliced in half. You can use any tomatoes.
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives

Homemade Ranch Seasoning

Instructions

  • Cook the rotini in accordance with the package instructions.
  • Rinse the rotini in cold water and pat dry.
  • Add the rotini to your serving dish along with the remaining ingredients. Taste repeatedly and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  • Chill for a minimum of 1 hour. 2-3 hours is optimal.

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Notes

  • Make this pasta salad yours! Load it up with the vegetables that you like.
  • I’ve always made this dish for a crowd. Feel free to cut the recipe in half. You can cut the recipe in half by using half of the ingredients noted.
  • You can double the recipe by using double the ingredients.
  • If you use a seasoning packet, start with 3 tablespoons.
  • If you like a wet pasta salad, then serving immediately after chilling the dish will work best for you. You may find that you need additional mayo or sour cream (Greek yogurt). Add additional to suit your taste and texture needs.
  • You can omit the bacon to make the dish vegetarian.
  • You can use whatever pasta you like. Anything will work, i.e. penne, linguine, etc.
  • You can use ranch dressing if you wish. I’m not a huge fan of the texture when salad dressing is used. I like for this pasta salad to be thick and creamy. The combination of Greek yogurt and mayo does that for me. Use enough to suit your taste.
     
  • Add additional seasoning to suit your taste if necessary.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 18g
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brainstrominfotech

Friday 22nd of October 2021

Impressive!Thanks for the post

staysnatched

Friday 22nd of October 2021

I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe!

Mariel B

Sunday 10th of October 2021

My husband and I got invited to a cookout and we wanted to see if we could whip something up without going to the store. I've seen Brandi share this recipe on her IG a few times and decided to look up the recipe. I'm so thankful for how versatile this dish is. We used a combination of chopped veggies we had on hand and had a ranch packet + mayo/yogurt to use up so we did that and it was delicious. Next time we'll use Brandi's homemade ranch recipe but I appreciated how "throw together" this could be especially on short notice.

staysnatched

Monday 11th of October 2021

Awesome. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

dolargroup

Tuesday 28th of September 2021

Loved!

staysnatched

Sunday 3rd of October 2021

I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Joanna

Monday 27th of September 2021

Been making this on repeat since I discovered the recipe/your blog earlier this year. So, so good. I grew up on the boxed bacon ranch pasta salad and this is 1000x better (and obviously healthier)

staysnatched

Sunday 3rd of October 2021

I'm glad it's been on repeat!

Erica Martinez

Sunday 26th of September 2021

Best pasta salad!! I made it without bacon last time and it definitely wasn't the same, so don't skimp on the bacon. The bacon add this really nice salty component.

staysnatched

Sunday 26th of September 2021

Wonderful! So glad to hear it.