Homemade Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Amy Herald


I used to love the Kraft pasta salad mix back when it came out in the early nineties. Back then, Kraft was the best because it came with right amount of mayonnaise and real bacon bits as opposed to imitation baco-bits. Over the years, Kraft cheapened their pasta salad kit and made it just like the Suddenly Salad brand with fake bacon bits and no mayonnaise. So I thought to myself, I could make this and it would be better! I thought of all the ingredients that came in the original Kraft kit and added the fresh ingredients to my own pasta. This is always a big hit at picnics and pot lucks!


★★★★★ 1 vote

10 Min
20 Min
Stove Top


Add to Grocery List

  • 1 box
    (12 oz.) small shell pasta
  • 1 c
    frozen english peas, thawed
  • 1 medium
    carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1 small
    tomato, seeded and diced
  • 12 oz
    bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 1/2 c
  • 1 pkg
    ranch dressing mix

How to Make Homemade Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad


  1. Mix all ingredients together and lightly tossed until thoroughly combined. Chill for 2 hours or more before serving.

Printable Recipe Card

About Homemade Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American

Show 12 Comments & Reviews

Perfect Pasta Every Time Recipe

Perfect Pasta Every Time

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

The Just A Pinch Test Kitchen shows how to make the perfect pasta! Watch the "pinch tips" video here.

What To Make With A Box Of Penne Recipe

What to Make With a Box of Penne

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Boxed pasta can be a saving grace at dinnertime, but you don't have to settle on topping with an ordinary tomato sauce. Here are 10 recipes that'll help you create...