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Bacon Ranch Macaroni Salad


"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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4 h 40 m servings 583 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Calories:
  • 583 kcal
  • 29%
  • Fat:
  • 35.3 g
  • 54%
  • Carbs:
  • 47.5g
  • 15%
  • Protein:
  • 18.1 g
  • 36%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 47 mg
  • 16%
  • Sodium:
  • 736 mg
  • 29%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  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.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

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  1. 43 Ratings

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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...

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This salad was ok, but I had to adjust the recipe. Using a full pound of macaroni, I had to almost double the ranch dressing. I used shredded cheese because that's what I had on hand I think I...

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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...

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 ...

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!

In looking for a pasta salad recipe that included bacon I found this one. I was drawn to the simplicity of ingredients and inclusion of cheddar cheese along with the bacon and mayonnaise. I wi...

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

We love this salad! I've made this a few times now with minimal changes. I usually use whole wheat pasta and do 3/4 c mayo and 1/4 sour cream. I use shredded cheddar. This is the best macaroni s...

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!

I am new to cooking and found this recipe the be easy and delicious! I followed some other reviewers' advice and added some extras, including green onions, sour cream, salt, pepper, and double t...

This was great and really easy to make. I added some garlic powder, pepper, and chipotle seasoning to it, gives it a nice kick without overpowering the other flavors. We had seconds and thirds...