"Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad"

Ingredients: "8 strips Wahlburgers Hickory Smoked Bacon", "12 oz fusilli or rotini pasta", "1 cup (canned or frozen, thawed)", "1 cup corn (canned or frozen and thawed)", "1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped", "1/2 cup celery, finely chopped", "1 green pepper, diced", "1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded", "1 cup ranch dressing", "Salt and pepper, to taste", "", "", ""

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

prep time
15 min
cook time
10 min
  • 8 strips Wahlburgers Hickory Smoked Bacon
  • 12 oz fusilli or rotini pasta
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 cup corn (canned or frozen and thawed)
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded (Wahlburgers brand if available)
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional: fresh herbs (such as parsley or dill), for garnish
  1. 1. Cook the Pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool. Set aside.
  2. 2. Prepare the Bacon: Lay the bacon strips in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 400°F (200°C) for 15-20 minutes, or until crispy. Drain on paper towels, then crumble into bite-sized pieces.
  3. 3. Mix the Vegetables and Cheese: In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooled pasta with the thawed peas, corn, chopped red onion, celery, green pepper, and shredded cheddar cheese.
  4. 4. Dress the Salad: Pour the ranch dressing over the pasta and vegetables. Add the crumbled bacon. Toss everything together until well coated. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. 5. Chill: Refrigerate the salad for at least 1 hour before serving. This allows the flavors to meld together.
  6. 6. Serve: Before serving, give the salad a good stir and check for seasoning adjustments. Garnish with fresh herbs if desired.