Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

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This Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad is full of creamy flavor with a homemade ranch dressing that coats every bit of pasta and vegetables in this recipe idea. This is one way to make sure that the kids eat their salad. This recipe idea multiplies nicely when you want to serve it to a crowd. A tip if you are going to use gluten-free pasta in this salad recipe, you'll want to make it right before serving it. As gluten free pasta noodles tend to get harder after they spend some time in the refrigerator. Some of the tasty ingredients you will find in this salad ideas include pasta shells of your choice, thawed frozen peas, grape tomatoes, shredded Colby Jack cheddar, crumbled bacon, and optional avocado overtop. The ranch dressing is a nice addition to this salad recipe. Ranch dressing had been the best-selling salad dressing in the United States since 1992 when it surpassed Italian dressing like the best selling. This homemade ranch dressing takes the popular salad dressing to a whole new level, once you make this, you won't want to use store bought. It's super creamy and easy to make and can be left in the fridge for a few days for when you need it. It's easy to make up in small batches and use over salads, or with some chopped up vegetables such as grape tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, and celery. You can change the consistency of the salad dressing by using less milk if you want to use it as a dip idea.

The nice thing about pasta is there are so many shapes and sizes that you can choose from. You will find both fresh pasta and dried pasta varieties in different shapes and varieties, with over 310 specific forms known variably by more than 1300 names. In Italy, the names of specific pasta shapes or types often vary with locale. It's probably safe to say that the number doesn't include gluten-free varieties which you are finding more and more of all the time. There are different reasons people are going gluten-free these days from food sensitivity to celiac disease, or just simply because they feel better. Gluten free pasta is quite similar to regular pasta that contains wheat in texture, especially when they are hot. You can use any gluten-free pasta interchangeably whenever you have a wheat pasta recipe.

Some of the gluten-free pasta you will find include quinoa pasta,brown rice pasta, rice pasta, corn pasta, blend potato pasta, and more. It always helps to try out and test different gluten-free kinds of pasta when you are trying to make the transition from wheat pasta, as there are different brands on the market. Rice pasta may become gummy if it is overcooked, but has a nice neutral flavor that goes well with all sorts of sauces. Rice pasta is also available in a greater variety of shapes than some other grains. As gluten-free and wheat free products become more and more popular, you will find a wider variety of gluten-free pasta to try. Like regular pasta, you will want to follow the package directions to cook it for the right amount of cooking times. Thank you to Mary at the Barefeet in The Kitchen recipe site for sharing pasta salad recipe for bacon ranch pasta salad. This is just one of the pasta dish recipes you will find on the site. Some of the recipes you will find on the site include pasta dishes, appetizers, breakfast ideas, main dish, side dish, desserts, salads, gluten free ideas, sandwich recipes and so much more. *

Nutrition Facts for: Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad from Barefeet In The Kitchen
Ingredients: Pasta shells, frozen peas, grape tomatoes, cheddar or Colby jack cheese, bacon, mayonnaise, milk, dill, parsley, chives, garlic powder, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, fresh lemon juice.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 6 servings.* Per Serving:Calories 461, Calories from Fat 223, Total Fat 24.8g 38%, Saturated Fat 7.2g 36%, Cholesterol 79mg 26%, Sodium 1220mg 51%, Potassium 415mg 12%, Carbohydrates 33.3g 11%, Dietary Fiber 2.5g 10%, Sugars 4.2g, Protein 25.5g, Vitamin A 23%, Vitamin C 14%, Calcium 11%, Iron 14%

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