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Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

My ranch obsession continues with this Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad. This veggie-loaded pasta salad gets drenched with ranch dressing and loaded with shredded cheddar cheese and crispy bacon crumbles.

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad: This veggie-loaded pasta salad gets drenched with Greek yogurt ranch dressing and loaded with shredded cheddar cheese and crispy bacon crumbles.

It’s no surprise that I love all things ranch. I’ve displayed my affection for the herby dressing in this Chicken Bacon Ranch Potato Salad post, and then again when I posted the recipe for Roasted Garlic Ranch Mashed Potatoes.

It’s a love affair I never want to end.

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad: This veggie-loaded pasta salad gets drenched with Greek yogurt ranch dressing and loaded with shredded cheddar cheese and crispy bacon crumbles.

Guess what? It doesn’t have to, because I decided to bump up my ranch game by making this Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad for the Big Game. You know the one. It’s only the biggest game of the year.

Super Bowl!

While I don’t keep up with football throughout the season, I do look forward to Super Bowl Sunday. Not for the game itself. Psht, I could care less who wins or loses. I come for the food. Endless amounts of dips, sliders, chili, cocktails, and other various appetizers. The food is where it’s at, my friends!

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad: This veggie-loaded pasta salad gets drenched with Greek yogurt ranch dressing and loaded with shredded cheddar cheese and crispy bacon crumbles.

Without food, Super Bowl wouldn’t be nearly as much fun. Without the food, it would just be watching football. What fun is that?

Sabra Farmer's Ranch Greek Yogurt Dip

This Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad is loaded with all of my favorite ingredients, and it’s beyond easy to make thanks to Sabra and their new Farmer’s Ranch Greek Yogurt Dip. Ever since I got my hands on their ranch dip, I haven’t been able to get enough. I dipped anything and everything in it. Then it occurred to me, why not use it as a dressing? So I did.

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad: This veggie-loaded pasta salad gets drenched with Greek yogurt ranch dressing and loaded with shredded cheddar cheese and crispy bacon crumbles.

I loaded this salad with a ton of veggies: broccoli, red onion, cucumber, and red pepper. That takes care of your daily dose of veggies, but this is the Super Bowl, and don’t nobody want healthy, so I balanced it out with cheddar cheese and bacon. Now it’s a party! I even added a little fresh herb action for a boost of flavor. Because, again, this is the Super Bowl–go big or go home, right?

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Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

This veggie-loaded pasta salad gets drenched with ranch dressing and loaded with shredded cheddar cheese and crispy bacon crumbles.

Yield: 6-8 servings

Total Time: 22 minutes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces dried pasta (I used large macaroni)
  • 1 lb. bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 and 1/2 cups chopped seedless cucumber
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 (10-ounce) package Sabra Farmer’s Ranch Dip
  • Salt and pepper

 

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season the water with a few generous pinches of kosher salt. Add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente, about 12-13 minutes. Drain the pasta; set aside. 
  2. While the pasta cooks, heat a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until crispy. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. 
  3. Add the cooked pasta to a large bowl. Fold in the cucumber, red bell pepper, red onion, broccoli, dill, chives, parsley, cheese, and bacon crumbles. Add the ranch dip and fold to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
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9 Responses to “Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad”

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    taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — January 25, 2016 at 7:39 am

    This salad look so yummy and I am loving the duplication possibility of it! 

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    [email protected] — January 25, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    I agree – the food makes football! Well at least for me – not sure the husband would agree ;) He takes it very seriously! lol This pasta salad sounds awesome!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — January 26, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Yea umm why don’t I make this for my boys every day for lunch?! Genius!

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    naomi — January 27, 2016 at 1:12 am

    Food first then the commercial and lastly the game. As for the recipe – total crowd pleaser!

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    Peabody (Culinary Concoctions by Peabody) — January 28, 2016 at 11:14 am

    You had me at cheddar bacon. This looks and sounds yummy!

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    http://inmemoirs.com — January 29, 2016 at 6:41 am

    It is definitely really healthy and tasty dish! Amazing colors on the photo! You make your food to look so yummy on that I cannot stand it:) Thanks for wonderful recipe!

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    kita — January 30, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Oh man, that looks like a delicious pasta salad. I love ranch in dishes like this and those broccoli spears totally sell it for me! 

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    Nutmeg Nanny — January 30, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    This pasta salad looks so good! I’m a huge pasta salad lover but I might love it even more when you throw in some cheese, bacon and delicious Sabra ranch!

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    Susan — January 31, 2016 at 8:51 am

    I’m loving this pasta salad and you’re a genius for using the farmer’s ranch as a dressing. I have got to give it a go.  It’s the perfect veggie loaded meal. 

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