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Best Creamy Pasta Salad Made Easy

Updated on July 6, 2014

Pasta Salad

Looking for something quick as a side dish to go with dinner? I fixed this recipe one time and has been an all time hit with the family. I was supposed to bring pasta salad to a party and forgot to go to the store. I had no way to the store, so I looked in my cabinet and refrigerator to see what I had to even come close to making this. You only need 3 ingredients and you an ad-lib too.

Creamy Pasta Salad

Easy Creamy Pasta Salad Made Easy
Easy Creamy Pasta Salad Made Easy | Source

Ingredients for Easy Creamy Salad

Easy Creamy Salad
Easy Creamy Salad | Source

Cook Time For Creamy Pasta Salad

Prep time: 3 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 13 min
Yields: 6 Cups


  • 4 Cups Dry Elbow Macaroni, Substitute: Baby Shells
  • 1 Bottle Creamy Bacon and Ranch Dressing
  • 5 Teaspoonsful Bacon Bits

Did You Feel This Was Easy To Make? Rate My Recipe

5 stars from 2 ratings of Easy Creamy Pasta Salad

How To Make Pasta Salad

  1. Cook your noodles in rolling boiling water for about 10 minutes. until aldente. (firm but not too firm) Do not overcook! It's easy to over-cook pasta. I do not add salt - you can if you would like, but I would take it easy. When water boils, I suggest cooking around 7 to 9 minutes. It is really up to your preferred texture. Video below to watch to make perfect pasta if you need to watch
  2. Drain water using strainer and rinse the noodles in cold water for a few minutes. If you have a sprayer in your sink, it comes in quite handy.
  3. Pour the noodles into a big pasta bowl (one big enough to hold all the pasta)
  4. Add approximately 2/3 of a bottle of Creamy ranch bacon salad dressing. Stir gently- (Taste to determine whether or not you need more dressing)
  5. Add a your bacon bits or as many as you like. Stir Gently
  6. Refrigerate for about an hour to chill..If you need dinner in a hurry, I have actually thrown in freezer for 15 minutes.
  7. Refrigerate any leftovers up to 4 days. I never have leftovers of food in my frig any longer than that.

Substitutions For Pasta Salad

A nice thing about pasta salad is the substitutions that come with it. If you don't like creamy bacon ranch, try another dressing like Italian or another kind. Try adding chopped onion or green pepper. With Italian dressings, you can even add some Parmesan cheese and chopped black olives.

Want To Make Less?

If you just want to make enough for a few people, just cut down on the ingredients. That's what is nice about pasta salad, you basically just add to taste. Remember: you can always add ingredients, but you can't take out!

How To Make Perfect Pasta!

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    • weezyschannel profile image

      Lisa 3 years ago from Central USA

      Now, that sounds like a great idea Getit! Love it! thanks!

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      Dale Anderson 3 years ago from The High Seas

      Love this idea. I've tried it and also tried both hummus and greek yogurt too, which was amazing.

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      Lisa 3 years ago from Central USA

      It's so easy and fast to make..I threw this together one evening for a side dish. Ran out of mac and cheese and had not gone to store. It worked and hubby loves it, so works for me!

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      This is a great recipe. It has only three ingredients and I just know it's delish!

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      Lisa 3 years ago from Central USA

      @Au fait..thanks! I am actually making some now for my hubby. I am actually making 2 cups (uncooked) since it is just for him. I wanted to share this recipe, (although a short article) because it's so easy!

      @jlpark Thank you too! ranch dressing will work, we just like the bacon flavor but you can get the flavor out of the bacon bits!

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Definitely quick & easy! I'll have to try it. Voted up!

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      Jacqui 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Looks yum! We don't have the same ranch dressing, but I'm sure we could make it with something else! Thanks for sharing this.