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Bacon ranch pasta salad in a white bowl topped with chopped green onions.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


Bacon ranch pasta salad is coated in creamy ranch dressing, crisp bacon and sharp cheddar all tossed together for the perfect chilled side dish.


Units Scale
  • 1 (16 oz.) box elbow macaroni, or other short type pasta
  • 10 slices bacon (about 16 oz.), cooked and crumbled
  • 1 pt. (16 oz.) grape tomatoes / cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 (6 oz.) can large pitted black olives, sliced
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 46 green onions, sliced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 (1 oz.) packet Hidden Valley ranch dip seasoning mix
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup milk


  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water.
  2. Prepare the dressing by combining mayonnaise, sour cream, ranch dip seasoning mix,  garlic powder and milk. Whisk until smooth.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pasta, dressing and all the other ingredients. Toss to mix well.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
  5. Enjoy!


  • Add more flavor – Add more flavor with red onions, parsley, or hard-boiled eggs.
  • Herbed dressing – Add some herbs to the dressing like fresh dill, chopped parsley, or chives.
  • Scroll up to RECIPE TIPS for more useful tips, suggestions and ingredient substitutions.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins