Bacon Ranch Macaroni Salad Recipe -
Bacon Ranch Macaroni Salad Recipe
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Bacon Ranch Macaroni Salad

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"Macaroni salad can sometimes be a little boring. So one day I just started adding extra ingredients and this is what I came up with. The whole family love's it! This recipe is even better if served the next day so that all of the flavors are well-incorporated. Enjoy!"

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    4 hrs 40 mins


  1. Cook bacon in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, about 10 minutes; drain on a plate lined with paper towels until cool. Crumble the bacon.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes; drain.
  3. Rinse macaroni with cold water until cool; drain.
  4. Mix cooled macaroni, crumbled bacon, mayonnaise, red onion, green bell pepper, ranch salad dressing mix, and Cheddar cheese together in a large bowl.
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 20, 2012

I'm always happy to be the first reviewer of a new recipe and report that I enjoyed it and recommend it. This is not a unique pasta salad, but it's a good one, and the submitter is correct - the bacon and cheddar DOES make it better. In this case, I needed something at the last minute and this was good, filling and simple. I find that often it's the basic recipes, the non-fussy, non-fancy recipes, that are the best. I stuck pretty much to the submitter's intent, only adding a little sour cream as I always do to mayonnaise-based salads to mellow out the tang of the mayo, and some thawed, frozen peas. This was exactly what I had in mind for our impromptu, grilled burgers dinner tonight.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 02, 2012

This doesn't call for salt and pepper but it sure needed it! I also felt it was a tad dry and needed more dressing. Fixing these things would make this 4*. Made for Western Region Allstars Faceless Frenzy July 2012.

Jul 02, 2012

I used red bell pepper instead of green, reduced fat mayonnaise and homemade dry ranch seasoning mix. My husband and kids liked it but it was unanimous that it needs double the bacon, for us at least. Great quick pasta salad. EDITED: My husband said this was even better the next day, after it had sat. He ate all the leftovers.

Jul 29, 2012

This was right up our alley. I did mix mayo with sour cream as another reviewer recommended. Great ranch flavor and super quick to prepare. Highly recommend!

Apr 24, 2013

This recipe is really good. Added more of the ranch mixture. Try heating up. It's excellent. Actually better hot.

Sep 11, 2012

this recipe was a nice alternative to classic mac salad. I just had to substitute some sour cream because I ran out of mayo, but it was just fine that way. yum!

Jul 17, 2012

This is the BEST pasta salad ever!!! So good I added what I had on hand tomatos,bell pepper,green an regular onions,fresh asperagus and doubled the bacon! hubby isnt to crazy about cheese so left it out Delicious!!!

Aug 17, 2013

This was so good and it is especially good the next day, if you actually have leftovers.


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  • Calories
  • 583 kcal
  • 29%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 47.5 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 47 mg
  • 16%
  • Fat
  • 35.3 g
  • 54%
  • Fiber
  • 2.7 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 18.1 g
  • 36%
  • Sodium
  • 736 mg
  • 29%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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