Creamy Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad with Peas is a delicious blend of Ranch seasoning, mayo, crunchy bacon and cheese to pull together this filling, tasty, and easy side salad.
Creamy Pasta Salad with Peas
The soft mini pasta shells are the perfect filling combination with fresh or frozen peas. This is a can’t go wrong creamy pasta salad dish that will have everyone begging for seconds!
Ranch is one of those rare sets of spices that pretty much goes good on everything.
I mean, what else can you enjoy dumped all over lettuce and simultaneously mix in hamburger meat, right? Pasta salad is no exception! This creamy ranch flavored pasta salad with shells, onions, bacon and peas is practically a main meal all on its own.
Not just a plain pea salad, you get to enjoy delicious sweet peas combined with filling mini pasta shells! Plus the bursting flavors of bacon and cheese make this a pasta salad for the books.
Pretty good? No, pretty amazing!
Bacon Ranch Pea Pasta Salad
As all salads like this are, the time you leave in the fridge and marinate is usually ideal for savoring the flavor, but don’t be afraid to serve straight out of the kitchen if you are pressed for time either.
This bacon pea pasta salad is pretty good and versatile like that!
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Here is what ingredients you need to gather to get started:
- mini pasta shells
- frozen peas
- real mayonnaise
- shredded cheddar cheese
- green onions
- ranch seasoning – I buy ranch seasoning in a bottle instead of the little bags at the store.
Pasta Salad Cooking Hints
Cooking time on the pasta is 8-10 minutes, plus water boiling. And then basically everything else is toss and mix.
So I’d say about 10 minutes for that.
It is OK to use traditional macaroni shaped pasta as well, but remember that pastas all cook at a different rate and absorb mayo differently, so depending on your shell size, you may need a little more or a little less mayo
Creamy Pasta Salad Recipe with Mayonnaise
Cook your mini pasta shells according to package directions, drain and rinse with cold water.
If you leave your pastas hot, it can melt your dressing and no one likes a warm mayo mixture.
In a large mixing bowl, add pasta, peas, mayonnaise, cheese, onions, bacon and ranch seasoning.
Mix well to evenly coat peas and pasta shells.
For best results, refrigerate ranch pasta pea salad for 2-4 hours or overnight before serving.
Top with additional cheddar cheese and bacon before serving (if desired).
Pasta Salad Serves 6-8
If you made this salad and loved it or had some alterations that worked well, please feel free to leave me a comment and tell me about it!
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- 8 oz mini shells, cooked
- 2 cups frozen peas, frozen or thawed, but they began as frozen
- 1 cup real mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 green onions, sliced
- 6 strips bacon, chopped into small pieces
- 2 tablespoons ranch seasoning
- Cook shells according to package directions, drain and rinse with cold water.
- In a large mixing bowl, add pasta, peas, mayonnaise, cheese, onions, bacon and ranch seasoning. Mix well to evenly coat.
- Refrigerate for 2-4 hours or overnight before serving. Top with additional cheddar cheese and bacon before serving if desired.
- Serves 6-8
NOTE: Premade Bacon is easy to add to a salad quickly but if you plan ahead, making bacon in a pressure cooker is so easy and you can large batch for salads.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 Servings
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 341Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 605mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 9g
Nutritional information is automatically calculated with ingredients and serving size and may not be accurate. Please always double check with your own nutritional apps as well.