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Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
Preparation 10 minsCook Time 10 minsTotal Time 20 mins Serves12-16 servingsadjust servings
(12 oz) package tri-color rotini pasta
cup light mayonnaise
cup light sour cream
(1 oz) packet dry ranch dressing mix
tsp garlic salt
roma tomato, diced
cup red onion, diced
(4.25 oz) can sliced black olives
cup real bacon bits (about 10 slices cooked and crumbled)
cup shredded cheddar cheese
Cook the pasta in salted water for the maximum time according to the directions on the package (about 10 minutes). Drain and run under cold water until cool.
In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, milk, dry ranch mix, and garlic salt.
Add the cooled pasta, diced tomatoes and onions, sliced olives, chopped bacon, and shredded cheddar cheese. Fold gently until everything is coated with the dressing. Refrigerate for 2 hours prior to serving.
*If you cook pasta for the longest amount of time listed on the package, it shouldn't soak up the dressing. If it still does, add a little extra milk before serving. (I used whole milk.)
*For extra zesty pasta salad, use 2 packets of dry ranch dressing mix.
*Keep leftovers stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 week.