Quick Zesty Ranch Pasta Salad
I made this using angel hair pasta, corn, ranch dressing, and savory crackers, but there are many very tasty substitutions. Any type of pasta may be used (I usually use ziti or penne). As for vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower or peas would taste great in it, and Italian dressing would work instead of ranch. As far as crackers go, any kind would add the satisfying crunch. Or try crushed croutons, or bread crumbs.
- 8 oz pasta
- 1/2 cup light ranch salad dressing
- 2 cups corn
- 1/2 cup crackers, crushed
- 4 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 can tuna or chicken (optional)
- As a shortcut, I use the microwave to cook the pasta. Pour about 6 cups of water into a deep microwavable dish, and heat it for about 4-5 minutes. Add the pasta, and heat for 6 more minutes, until the pasta is soft.
- While the pasta is being cooked, mix the Parmesan cheese, crushed crackers, pepper and Italian seasoning together. Get the corn ready, and measure the Ranch dressing.
- Once the pasta is cooked, drain it, and add the ranch dressing, the corn, and the topping. Stir until the ranch dressing is evenly distributed.
- If you use meat, add it to the pasta, and heat as desired.
In case you would rather use the stove top to cook the pasta, here are the alternative directions:
Bring about 6 cups of water to a boil (it may take a few minutes, depending on whether your stove is electric or gas), add 8 oz of pasta, and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until tender.
Other Great Pasta Dishes
- Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe | Taste of Home Recipes
I've made this salad for years—it's a recipe from a high school friend's mom. Any time I serve a sandwich meal like hamburgers, hot dogs or sloppy joes, I have this flavorful salad alongside.—Mrs. Krista E Collins, Concord, North Ca
- Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe - Allrecipes.com
This is a very flavorful pasta salad. The crisp cooked bacon really adds a nice flavor. I get requests for this pasta salad for every get together and cook out.
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