Yeah , I know, bacon again. For two weeks straight I’ve had bacon on the brain…and this time around I added RANCH. Ah Ranch, how do I love thee so? Let me count the ways..oh wait I know, I love ranch because it is AMAZING! So meet this Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad, you’ll be glad you did. This pasta salad is loaded with bacon, green onions, light sour cream and ranch.
I used Orzo for the pasta; it’s different then the same old, same old boring macaroni. I also like my orzo to be a little al dente so I cook it a few minutes short of the recommended cook time, about 6 minutes or so. While your pasta is cooking fry up that yummy bacon. There is nothing better than walking into a house that smells of pure BACON. Who needs a Vanilla Glade Plugin when you have bacon cooking? Maybe Glade should look into a Bacon scented plugin; I’d buy it
Once the bacon is done cooking remove the bacon but save the grease! You can ditch some of it, just reserve 1 to 1 1/2 Tbs. Then toss in your fresh corn and green onions. Saute over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes. After you’re done cooking your veggies, mix together the Ranch Dressing seasoning and the light sour cream. Then combine the cooled orzo, bacon, veggies, basil and the sour cream/ranch mixture. Chill the pasta for a couple of hours, or even better -overnight. The Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad gets better over time so if you can wait, you will be amazed. If you can’t wait…well, you’ll still be amazed.
I made this last night to have for dinner tonight with burgers but we already ate half of it. I can’t wait to eat the rest tonight! This recipe makes a ton of pasta but is great for leftovers. It’s also the perfect side dish to bring to a cook-out. If you want a smaller serving just cut the recipe in half.
Enjoy and have a great weekend