Bacon Cheddar Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

I use to nail those Hamburger Helper ranch pasta salad meals when they first came out. Now I think they are down right disgusting!! Maybe it’s because I have so many wonderful homemade pasta salads in my collection. One of my favorites is this bacon cheddar  ranch pasta salad.

This creamy, cold pasta salad is bursting with fresh ingredients like tomatoes, broccoli, crisp bacon, cheddar, olives and red onions. The ranch-mayo dressing is the perfect balance to provide flavor and creaminess without overpowering the other ingredients.


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Makes a great summer side dish but I’ve eaten this for lunch on many occassions,  it’s pretty filling.

*NOTE* I always make and dress this pasta salad as soon as I’m ready to serve it.  This makes for a creamy, beautiful pasta salad with crisp veggies and bacon. If it sits overnight the pasta starts to absorb some of the sauce and the bacon and veggies begin to soften. (Still yummy but not as pretty and crunchy)

Watch me make this creamy, bacon cheddar ranch pasta salad from start to finish!


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Bacon Cheddar Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe
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Serves: 4
  • 3 cups bow-tie pasta, uncooked
  • ⅔ cup cheddar cheese crumbles
  • 6 slices cooked bacon, diced
  • 2-3 small tomatoes, seeded & diced
  • ⅔ cup fresh broccoli, chopped
  • ⅔ cup red onions, diced
  • ⅓ cup black olives
  • ½ cup mayonnaise (I used Dukes)
  • ½ cup creamy ranch dressing
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½-1 teaspoon oregano
  1. Cook pasta until al dente. Be careful not overcook.
  2. Drain pasta and rinse with cold water until pasta is cool.
  3. Add drained pasta to a large bowl.
  4. Add in the bacon, broccoli, red onions, black olives, and tomatoes.
  5. Toss to combine. (you may need to add a tiny bit of water to moisten the pasta if it's too sticky to toss)
  6. In a small bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, ranch dressing, garlic and oregano.
  7. When ready to serve, mix the dressing in with the pasta mixture until well coated.
  8. Serve immediately.
~TIPS~ Feel free to add in your favorite veggies and meats! Dress the pasta salad right when you are ready to serve. If you like a super creamy pasta salad, double to dressing mixture.



  1. Amanda says

    I just came across your site and so glad I did! You have a great selection and can’t wait to start cookin! I have my babies first birthday this weekend and needed a new salad that would be kid friendly. I will use the mini bow tie pasta for my baby girl ; ) Thanks girl

  2. Cherika Campbell says

    I had to make a pasta salad for a work cookout and I immediately came to your website because your recipes have yet to disappoint. The dish was as always DELISH and my co-workers ate it up. I only made one modifications. My husband went to the store for me and purchased the thin and crispy turkey bacon instead of the reg turkey bacon. Well it was way to crispy and crumbly to add to the dish so I improvised and put it in the food processor and made bacon bits :) Next time I will buy the thicker bacon. Still good though!!

  3. Susan says

    I just made this for my family’s 4th of July party. This is the first time I’ve made a pasta salad like this & I’m a Grandma! I used fresh garlic, broccoli, red onion, dried oregano all from my garden. The dressing was fabulous. I doubled the batch & it is delicious & pretty! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

  4. Autumn says

    This was SO good! I actually added in some pieces of cooked chicken and my family just LOVED it. Thanks so much for the awesome recipe, I will definitely keep making it 😀 The best pasta salad I have ever had!

  5. Haley says

    I made this salad with a few variations…left out the broccoli and onions and added green peppers. It was a HIT! There was none leftover to take home-which was good, but I wouldn’t have minded having some extra. :)

  6. stacy says

    So I have been making this dish for the past week everyday because my family, my boyfriend’s family, and my friends have been requesting me to make it! I literally have no experience in cooking but you broke it down so that it is easy and fun. Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. linda says

    I made this last night for dinner. It as so delicious! Hubby and I both loved it and can’t wait to finish it off tonight.

    Thanks so much for sharing.

  8. rhoda dixon says

    I love your recipes…I made the peach cobbler remind me of my mothers, and my children and grandchildren always wanted cooked. Planning to buy the cookbooks.

  9. Jennifer says

    Going to try this! I do a similar one. Instead of bacon I add pepperoni and instead of broccoli I put cucumber. I mix it with mayo and zesty italian dressing.. its really yummy!

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