Creamy Bacon Pea and Ranch Pasta Salad – Quick and Easy Side Dish Recipe
Easy Creamy Bacon Pea and Ranch Pasta Salad Side Dish Recipe – No chopping or dicing required and perfect for 4th of July and Memorial Day picnics, potlucks, block parties and barbecues. NO waiting! Simple crowd favorite that’s quick and ready to eat in 15 minutes. SO YUMMY, SO FAST!
16oz.pasta of your choice.I personally prefer Large Pasta Shells- they seem to really trap the yummy flavors inside so each bite is delish!
2oz.Imitation or 1/2 Cup Real Bacon Pieces or Bitsabout half a 4 oz. bottle
3Tablespoonsdry powdered Buttermilk Ranch Mix
1 1/2CupsReal Mayonnaise
2 1/2CupsFrozen Peas13 oz. bag
1/4CupDried Chopped Onion(or if you wanna be all fancy – 1/2 a large onion or one small onion diced into teeny tiny itty bits) You could also use 1-2 Tablespoons of Onion Powder if you have a texture aversion. You can adjust the amount depending on how oniony you like things.
Get your choice of pasta started boiling and set your timer according to the directions on the package. I tend to like to lean toward the middle “firm” timing when I’m making a pasta salad. That way when you stir it all together they hold their shape and stay all pretty. Pretty is important. But either way it will be yummy.
While your pasta is boiling, in a large bowl, mix together your mayo with all of the other ingredients really good – adding the frozen peas last. Let that all meld together and the flavors marry up while your pasta finishes its biz on the stove.
When your timer goes off, strain your pasta. If you are a pasta rinser, I strongly urge you to change your ways. DO NOT rinse your pasta. Every time you do that, an Italian angel loses his wings. Fact. STRAIN your pasta, but please, for the love of flavor and texture, do not rinse it. If you won’t do it for yourself, do it for me.
Add your hot and strained pasta into your mixture, stir it up real good and serve! Find the recipe online via DreaminginDIY.com
(Tip you won’t need because you won’t have leftovers: if it’s a little dry the next day after refrigeration, add a little bit of milk or mayo to creamy-a-nize it back up)