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Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Looking for a delicious and easy side dish for your next barbecue or potluck? Try this Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad! Featuring creamy sour cream and ranch dressing, Ditalini pasta, chopped bacon, frozen peas, diced Colby & Monterey Jack and sharp cheddar cheese, and a touch of French’s® Dijon Mustard and red pepper flakes for a little kick. This dish is perfect for any occasion and can be made in just 25 minutes.

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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?

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

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.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 10 servings
Calories 595 kcal

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
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • cup Italian parsley chopped
  • 8 green onions stalks chopped

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 595kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 22gFat: 38gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 734mgPotassium: 327mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1151IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 388mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate and it's accuracy is not guaranteed to be exact.

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  1. 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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