Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

| August 23, 2020 | 6 Comments

Bacon-Ranch Pasta Salad

Follow our easy, step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions to learn how to make this delicious pasta salad. I mean, c’mon, it’s got Ranch and Bacon. Printable recipe included.


Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad, enjoy!
A cool and refreshing pasta salad that makes for a great side dish, or just eat it by the bowl full. The flavors of Ranch Dressing and Bacon make for an awesome combination.


Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad, slider.

I am so proud of the Dill from my garden that I had to find a recipe to use some of it in. Only needed two teaspoons, but that was enough to get excited about. And, the bacon and Ranch seasoning didn’t hurt. Smile.

Years back, my wife made something very similar to this from a box mix. It was one of those things that you liked so much, that you ate it real often and then got tired of it. Ever done that?

I hadn’t had this in a very long time, so when I discovered this recipe and saw that it used fresh Dill, I knew I wanted to give it a try. I made a few tweaks, so I hope you’ll like it as much as I did should you try it.

This summer is the very first time I’ve had a container garden on my back deck. I had one tomato plant, and one small pot filled with Dill.

For reasons I’ve still yet to figure out, I had a packet of Dill seeds on my desk. They were probably a year or more old, but they did come up. So, I’ve called this the Taste of Southern FARM ever since.

Sadly, this was the only time I got to try any of the Dill though. Caterpillars found the plant and about four of them stripped every single leaf of Dill off the stems. Can you imagine eating nothing but all that Dill?

So much for farming. Smile.

Please share your results with me in the Comment section at the end of the recipe if you try it. I enjoy hearing how it turns out for others.

Ready to give our recipe a try? Alright then, let’s head on out to the kitchen, and… Let’s Get Cooking!


Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad, ingredients.
Bacon-Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe – You’ll need these ingredients.


Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad, prepare pasta.
Prepare the 12oz package of Shell Pasta according to the directions on the box. Drain and set aside.


Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad, chop the bacon.
You’ll need about 8 strips of cooked Bacon. Chop it up into small pieces. Set aside.


Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad, chop the tomatoes.
You’ll need one cup of chopped Roma Tomatoes. I removed the seeds and then chopped up the tomatoes.


Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad, add sour cream.
Place one cup of Sour Cream in a large mixing bowl. I just used the same pot I had boiled my pasta in. No need to mess up another dish, right?


Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad, add mayonnaise.
Add 1/2 cup of Duke’s Mayonnaise. You have to know by now that Duke’s is my favorite. Smile.


Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad, add vinegar.
Add one teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar.


Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad, add the garlic powder.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of Garlic Powder.


Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad, add dressing mix.
Add the packet of Ranch Seasoning.


Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad, stir well.
Grab a large spoon and stir everything together.


Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad, add the pasta.
Add the cooked and drained shell pasta.


Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad, add the bacon.
Add the chopped bacon.


Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad, add the cheese.
Add 1 cup of the shredded Parmesan Cheese.

This is one of the very few times you’ll ever see me add a packaged cheese. I could have bought a block of parmesan, but it’s a bit expensive and more than I would need. Don’t judge me.

I prefer to grate my own cheese when possible. It’s much better than using the packaged grated cheese that has that white powdery stuff on it. Smile.


Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad, add the tomatoes.
Add the one cup of chopped Roma Tomatoes.


Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad, fresh dill.
I’m using fresh Dill, right off of the “farm.”  I grew this in a plastic container out on the back deck this summer. I had one pot of Dill, and one whole tomato plant. That is enough to be considered a “farm” isn’t it?


Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad, add the dill.
You’ll need two teaspoons of fresh Dill. I just pinched the leaves off the harder stems and tossed them into the bowl with all the other ingredients.


Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad, fold gently.
Gently fold everything together until it’s all fully combined.

Cover and refrigerate for TWO HOURS before serving.

This will let all the flavors blend together.


Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad, enjoy.


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Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad, printbox.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Varies
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American, Southern


The combination of bacon and ranch seasoning make an excellent pasta dish combined with sour cream, mayonnaise and tomatoes. What’s not to love about this?



12oz Shell Pasta, cooked according to package directions.
8 strips cooked Bacon, chopped
1 cup Sour Cream
1/2 cup Duke’s Mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1 pkg. Ranch Seasoning (0.4oz)
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 cup Parmesan Cheese, shredded
1 cup Roma Tomatoes, seeds removed, chopped.
2 teaspoons Dill, freshly chopped.


Prepare pasta shells according to package directions. Drain. Set aside.
Chop the bacon.
Place sour cream in a large mixing bowl.
Add the mayonnaise.
Add the apple cider vinegar.
Add the ranch seasoning.
Add garlic powder.
Stir ingredients until fully combined.
Add the cooked and drained pasta.
Add the chopped bacon.
Add the parmesan cheese.
Add the tomatoes.
Add the chopped Dill.
Fold ingredients together until pasta shells are fully coated.
Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours prior to serving.

Keywords: shell pasta, bacon, ranch seasoning, mayonnaise, Duke's mayonnaise, sour cream, Roma tomato, side dish,

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Category: Main Dishes, Pasta, Side Dishes

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  1. Barbara Ruster says:

    I made this tonight & added red & green bell pepper just bc I like it. No bacon grease was used just bacon. It was excellent. We had fried ham & croissants for a complete meal. Thank you Steve. This is my 2nd recipe from you. Now I want that Pig Picking Cake.

  2. Lori Dom says:

    Can’t wait to try this, think I might add some peas to this, for some reason peas in this salad sound good to me. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Karen Miller says:

    Pasta salad is a family favorite. I always have to make it if my granddaughter, Susan, comes to visit (before pandemic). But when I make it for her, it has to have 3 kinds of olives in it.

  4. Marlene Ashburn says:

    Thanks, Steve, this is a really good recipe especially for potlucks and picnics.
    You talked about dill, well let me share my experience. I haven’t been able to grow dill since moving to Tennessee 15 years ago. Grew it well when we lived in Michigan had plenty in the garden. So I resort to the farmers market. I think it knows I love it, my husband doesn’t and it is just a stubborn child.
    Thank you again, keep up the great work and be well. Bless you. Marlene

  5. Joyce Petrichek says:

    I just want you to know that you are a blessing to me.I look forward to Mondays. Today’s recipe is similar to one I make, but I am going to try it your way this time

    The world needs more people like you. I will be joining you in prayer and I’ll be fasting also on Mondays.
    Sorry about the dill. Mine just isn’t growing for some reason. I ground some dill seeds to use for cooking, but there’s nothing like the flavor of fresh dill.

    When my 6 kids were growing up I would put up 30 or 40 quarts of pickles every year using dill from our garden and we always ran out before the next canning season. I think We were addicted to pickles. ! I’m now in my 80’s, and how I miss those good old days and those pickles. Store bought ones just don’t have the flavor of home canned.
    God bless you and give you a great week.

  6. Gary Strader says:

    Just reading this week’s email.  Guess what? I too came up with a recipe for dill.
    It is a seafood salad as I call it. It can of course be adjusted to taste and for the amount you wish to make. Here is roughly the recipe as I make it.

    1-2 cup Macaroni Shells (looks like sea shells).1 package of Imitation Crab meat – shredded by hand.1-2 cup Frozen Green Peas1 Red Pepper chopped
    1 sprig of fresh  dill finely diced.Fresh Oregano (add to taste)
     1/2 – 1 cup Dukes Mayonnaise (to taste)Optional 1/4 Tsp of fresh minced garlic
    Boil the Macaroni shells for about 10 minutes, drain and add a tablespoon butter or margarine while shells are warm – sprinkle some grated parmesan cheese on shells.Combine the shells,fresh dill,Imitation Crab Meat, Oregano, Red Pepper  with the frozen sweet peas.Stir till well mixed. Refrigerate for 3- 4 hours to allow for slow thaw of peas, and the flavors to marinate. Serve as a cold salad with Captain’s Wafers or Club Crackers.I also make a variation of this using cold boiled shrimp instead of the Imitation Crab meat.

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