Friday, August 30, 2013

Homemade Suddenly Salad: Ranch and Bacon Pasta Salad


Before our switch to mostly homemade foods, Hubs and I always had a few boxes of our favorite side dish, Suddenly Salad Ranch and Bacon Salad. When we stopped buying the boxed items, we stopped buying Suddenly Salad. I tried, and was successful, in recreating the suddenly salad. (We chose to omit the peas from ours.)  

It’s super simple folks:

8 oz of SMALL shells (I found them at Wal-Mart)
1 tablespoon oil
3-4 mini carrots, grated
1/2 cup frozen peas
 
2-3 tablespoons of real bacon bits (or 2-3 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled)

1/2 cup mayo or miracle whip (or your favorite mayo substitute like yogurt)

3 Tablespoons of homemade ranch seasoning (see it here)

2 Tablespoons of milk

Pepper to taste.


Bring to a boil 3-4 cups of water, adding the oil at the start.
Add the pasta

Boil for approximately 5-6 minutes then add carrots and peas
Continue to boil until pasta reaches desired tenderness.

Drain, and rinse with cold water.

Transfer to large bowl.

Mix mayo, ranch, milk, and bacon bits into small bowl. If the mix is too thick, add an additional tablespoon of milk. You do not want it to be runny, but you also do not want it to be exceptionally thick.

Stir in to cooled pasta.

Can be served immediately or refrigerated prior to serving.

 
 
Like I said, simple!

God Bless Y’all!
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