Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

This Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad is ready to rock your next backyard party or potluck! Tender pasta is tossed with fresh tomatoes, romaine lettuce, scallions, bacon, and Cabot cheddar cheese, then tossed in an easy homemade ranch.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad with Cabot Cheddar

Today I’m teaming up with my friends at Cabot Creamery Co-op to bring you the ultimate Summer pasta salad, perfect for those end-of-season Labor Day barbecues with the fam!

Cabot is a co-operative owned by farm families throughout New England and New York and 100% of the profits go back to the farmers.

Cabot cheddar cheeses are my absolute FAVORITE! They’re crazy flavorful, deliciously creamy, and naturally lactose-free to boot.

I couldn’t imagine making a cheese board without their spicy Habanero Cheddar or making melty queso without a big pile of grated Cabot Pepper Jack.

My latest recipe, this baller bacon ranch pasta salad, features a combination of Cabot Medium Cheddar Cheese and Colby Jack Cheese. Only have one of the two handy? No worries! Feel free to use just one type for this sassy salad.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad Pairings and Serving Suggestions

Pasta salad is a party, picnic, and barbecue staple pretty much year-round and makes a fantastic side dish!

This baller Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad makes a fantastic side dish for veggie burgers, grilled protein, sandwiches of all shapes and sizes, and always tastes amazing nestled up to a creamy potato salad or a side of grilled vegetables.

The pastabilities are endless!

Pasta salad is super customizable too, so feel free to add your favorite extras! Olives and/or peas are super popular mix-ins for this type of salad.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Ingredients

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

This pretty pasta salad is perfect for sharing! As written, it yields 10 servings.

Feel free to double the recipe to serve a large crowd at your next backyard barbecue or shindig or even halve the recipe as a tasty Summer side dish to serve with dinner!

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Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

This Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad is ready to rock your next backyard party or potluck! Tender pasta is tossed with fresh tomatoes, romaine lettuce, scallions, bacon, and Cabot cheddar cheese, then tossed in an easy homemade ranch.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
Prep Time 18 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 356 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons

Ingredients

  • 12 oz bowtie pasta
  • 8 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 2-3 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup diced tomato plus extra to taste
  • 1/3-1/2 cup chopped scallions
  • 2-3 oz cubed Cabot Medium Cheddar Cheese
  • 2-3 oz cubed Cabot Colby Jack Cheese (or feel free to swap for more cheddar)

EASY HOMEMADE RANCH DRESSING

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup milk (2%, whole, or buttermilk)
  • 1 clove garlic (smashed, peeled, and minced – approx. 1/2-3/4 tsp)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp dried dill
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped scallions or chives
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp hot sauce

Instructions

  1. First whisk together your dressing. Combine all dressing ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk well until smooth. Place in the fridge to chill while you make your pasta salad.

  2. Cook pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Once tender, drain and rinse with cold water.

  3. While the pasta boils, cook bacon via your favorite method and crumble once cooled.

  4. Chop lettuce, tomatoes, and scallions. Chop your Cabot cheese into small cubes.

  5. Add everything but the bacon to a large bowl and toss to coat. For that coveted crispy bacon experience, add bacon just before serving and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

My vegetarian besties are welcome to use plant-based crispy bacon bits for this salad. They’re delicious!

Nutrition Facts below are estimated for both the pasta salad and dressing using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 356 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 453mg20%
Potassium 235mg7%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 1145IU23%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 129mg13%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you get a chance to try this delish Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad, let me know! Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

More Tasty Pasta Salad Recipes

I also have a fun round-up with 10 Tasty Vegetarian Pasta Salad Recipes and Cabot has several party-perfect pasta salad recipes too. Their Bow Tie Pasta Salad looks delicious!

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  • Shadi

    5 stars
    This is perfect for summer! Can’t wait to try it!

  • Bintu

    5 stars
    I’ve got a pot luck coming up very soon so will definitely be giving this a try – it has all of my favourite ingredients and sounds absolutely divine!

    • Soooo excited for you to try it, Bintu!

  • Dannii

    5 stars
    Bacon and ranch is such a delicious combination, so this looks epic!

  • 5 stars
    It’s absolutely chucking with rain in London, so this summery treat is exactly what I needed to see! Loads of cheese too?? Can’t go wrong!

    • Thanks John! We’ve been getting oodles of rain here too in Florida. Hopefully some sunshine heads our way soon!

  • Emily Liao

    5 stars
    Loved how easy this was to make and all the flavors in this! The whole family enjoyed it.

    • So stoked it was a hit! Thanks Emily!

  • Jen

    5 stars
    An incredibly satisfying pasta that is both creamy and full of bold flavors. It was super easy to make and my family loved it!

    • I’m totally happy dancing over here! Thank you, Jen!

  • Melanie Schopp

    5 stars
    Super easy and delicious pasta salad! This will easily be my new go-to dish to share! That Cabot cheese made all the difference! And the homemade ranch was a game changer!
    Love it!

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