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Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

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Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad - Creamy sour cream, ranch, and mayonnaise dressing tossed with Ditalini shaped pasta, crispy chopped bacon, French’s® Dijon Mustard, diced block cheese and red pepper flakes. Serve for barbecues, holidays, potlucks and as a side dish alongside any main star meal.

Creamy sour cream, ranch, and mayonnaise dressing tossed with Ditalini shaped pasta, crispy chopped bacon, French’s® Dijon Mustard, diced block cheese and red pepper flakes.  Serve for barbecues, holidays, potlucks and as a side dish alongside any main star meal.

When I think about summer, I think about getting together with friends and having a barbecue.  Nothing sets the summer mood quite like grilled burgers, chicken, and pina coladas.  Since warm weather is already here we’re getting together with family and friends to celebrate summer holidays and special occasions outdoors.  This light and refreshing Ranch Pasta Salad pairs great with just about everything this summer.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad - Creamy sour cream, ranch, and mayonnaise dressing tossed with Ditalini shaped pasta, crispy chopped bacon, French’s® Dijon Mustard, diced block cheese and red pepper flakes. Serve for barbecues, holidays, potlucks and as a side dish alongside any main star meal.

It’s heating up outside and now is the time I find myself making more salad to satisfy my hunger.  When it comes to summer pasta salads, I want fresh herbs, vegetables and plenty of cheese.

What I love most is a delicious combination of savory flavors with sharp flavor notes and a lot of satisfying herbs and vegetables.  Add some cheese and that is the winning flavor combination.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad - Creamy sour cream, ranch, and mayonnaise dressing tossed with Ditalini shaped pasta, crispy chopped bacon, French’s® Dijon Mustard, diced block cheese and red pepper flakes. Serve for barbecues, holidays, potlucks and as a side dish alongside any main star meal.

This pasta salad is always a hit around our house.  It will make a wonderful addition to a Memorial Day weekend barbecue spread.  This salad is easy to prepare and uses just a few ingredients that most have stocked in the kitchen.

Perhaps my favorite secret ingredient is French’s® Dijon Mustard.  It adds an incredible character to salads and has a smooth taste of Chardonnay that makes it delicious and sharp.  It’s the go-to gourmet mustard that adds a savory touch to your cooking and makes the average dish become something remarkable.  It’s the number one mustard I use for all my salad and barbecue needs.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad - Creamy sour cream, ranch, and mayonnaise dressing tossed with Ditalini shaped pasta, crispy chopped bacon, French’s® Dijon Mustard, diced block cheese and red pepper flakes. Serve for barbecues, holidays, potlucks and as a side dish alongside any main star meal.

Although French’s is known for its iconic Classic Yellow mustard, did you know that it also has a deliciously bold tasting Spicy Brown mustard AND a smooth & creamy Dijon, too?  These variety of mustard are best paired with salads, pasta, meat sauces and more.  For more recipe inspiration, be sure to check out these recipes on Pinterest.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad - Creamy sour cream, ranch, and mayonnaise dressing tossed with Ditalini shaped pasta, crispy chopped bacon, French’s® Dijon Mustard, diced block cheese and red pepper flakes. Serve for barbecues, holidays, potlucks and as a side dish alongside any main star meal.

Pasta salad is one of summers must have side dishes.  A good salad deserves bragging rights, and this easy dish is no exception.  This dish has been a favorite in my house for many, many years.  Summer wouldn’t be complete without a hearty pasta salad.

What are some of your go-to summer salads to celebrate the start of summer?

 

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Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Creamy sour cream, ranch, and mayonnaise dressing tossed with Ditalini shaped pasta, crispy chopped bacon, French’s® Dijon Mustard, diced block cheese and red pepper flakes. Serve for barbecues, holidays, potlucks and as a side dish alongside any main star meal.

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 10

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces Ditalini pasta
  • 10 slices bacon, chopped
  • 8 ounces Colby & Monterey Jack Cheese, cubed
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 5 ounces frozen peas
  • 1 ounce ranch seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons French’s® Dijon Mustard
  • 16 ounces sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup Italian parsley, chopped
  • 8 green onions stalks, chopped

Instructions

  1. Cook bacon, frozen peas, and pasta according to package directions.  Drain and chop bacon once cooked.

    In a large bowl, stir together sour cream, mayonnaise, French’s® Dijon Mustard, and ranch seasoning packet.  

    Stir in pasta noodles.

    Add in diced cheeses, chopped bacon, chopped green onions, peas, and red pepper flakes.

    Fold mixture and combine ingredients well.  

 

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    Andrea @ The Petite Cook
    05/19/2017 at 11:34 am

    This pasta salad looks absolutely scrumptious! And I love dijon mustard, it gives a nice flavor kick to just about anything!

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    Rae
    05/19/2017 at 11:41 am

    This pasta salad looks amazing! I bet it’s perfect alongside BBQ.

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    Tara
    05/19/2017 at 12:34 pm

    Such beautiful photos! I love dijon mustard and this sounds perfect for it. Definitely a wonderful accompaniment to summer picnics and barbecues.

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    Elaine @ Dishes Delish
    05/19/2017 at 1:40 pm

    Mmmm. I love pasta salad and it’s fun to see other people’s interpretations. This is a great version and I can’t WAIT to try it. Thank you!

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    Iryna
    05/19/2017 at 2:08 pm

    Yummy! You just can’t go wrong with cheese and bacon! This recipe makes me hungry!

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