Ranch, Bacon, and Parmesan Pasta Salad

Ranch, Bacon, and Parmesan Pasta Salad

John Politte 63

"A great side dish for the summer picnic. I made this on accident when I put some soup ingredients into the bowl instead of the stock pot. I doctored it up and added other ingredients, and voila! Use your favorite pasta shape."


2 h 45 m servings 584 cals
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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  • Calories:
  • 584 kcal
  • 29%
  • Fat:
  • 28.3 g
  • 44%
  • Carbs:
  • 62.8g
  • 20%
  • Protein:
  • 17.7 g
  • 35%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 27 mg
  • 9%
  • Sodium:
  • 713 mg
  • 29%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the bow tie pasta and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink. Transfer to a bowl, and refrigerate until cool, at least 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate, let cool, and chop.
  3. In a large salad bowl, stir together the ranch dressing, bacon, Parmesan cheese, carrot, celery, and red onion until well combined. Lightly stir in the cooled pasta to coat with dressing, and refrigerate 2 hours to blend flavors before serving.


  • Cook's Note
  • Lettuce or cabbage can also be substituted for the pasta in this recipe for a lighter summer salad with crunch.
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  1. 50 Ratings


Easy and delicious! I did however use half the amount of pasta called for... As for the dressing I chose to use "No-Mayonnaise Ranch Dressing" from this site. I cut down on the red onion and ins...

Made this for Memorial Day picnic. I omitted the carrot and the parmesan cheese. Added a little bell pepper and a few sliced black olives. Substituted cheddar cheese for the parmesan. I was a...

I'm not a fan of pasta salads but thought the idea of using Ranch Dressing was intreguing. We really liked this!! I followed exactly and agree you may need to add more Ranch as mine absorbed muc...

Agree that chilling overnight is better. Also leaving bacon out until ready to serve, hate soggy bacon. Didn't have any carrots but did have partial container of diced mixed bell peppers and pa...

I make this all the time. I usually add frozen peas, black olives, smoked gouda cheese, an halved tiny grape tomatoes. Every time I make it it is gone very quickly.

I had to add a little more ranch. This was one of the best pasta salads I have ever had!!

This is so good I keep sneaking bites before the barbecue starts. I used hidden valley buttermilk seasoning dressing, the spicy one, and followed everything else. Thank you!

I made this as is except the Parmesan was grated, and I used only a bit over half the onion. I like a lot of onion in pasta/potato salads but the whole thing just seemed a bit much. (Maybe min...

This was great with rotini, bacon and peas. I used half dry ranch with sour cream and half reduced fat Hidden Valley Ranch. Even better then next day.