Ranch Bacon Pasta Salad

SUMMER’s here! Yay!

Time for pool parties, barbecues, and other gatherings where showing up empty-handed is frowned upon.

This pasta salad is awesome as a side. Add grilled chicken and it’s a meal. You can vary the ingredients, but I wouldn’t omit the bacon. Unless you’re a vegetarian. Or you’re satisfied with things at half-flavor. In other words, ditch the broccoli. Keep the bacon.

Ranch Bacon Pasta Salad IMG_0977

Ingredients:

Tri-color pasta noodles, cooked according to the box directions, drained well

2 cups fresh broccoli, cut in bite-size pieces

1/4 cup red onion, diced

1/3 cup red pepper, diced

4 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped

Dressing:

1 package of ranch dressing (dry package)

3/4 to 1 cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon milk

salt and pepper to taste

Mix together the first five ingredients in a large bowl. Stir together the ingredients for the dressing in a separate bowl. Pour the dressing mixture over the pasta and stir. Chill for a couple of hours or overnight.

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