Suddenly Salad Ranch & Bacon Salad

The Suddenly Salad bacon ranch pasta salad is a great side dish to bring to a picnic or to serve as a side dish.

pasta salad with bacon, peas, carrots, and ranch dressing in a black bowl

Make Suddenly Salad Ranch & Bacon Salad at home

If you aren’t familiar with the Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad packages, you are missing out on an easy way to make pasta salads. The Suddenly salad pasta salads are easy to fix and tasty. Suddenly Salad boxes come with flavoring packages.

This copycat suddenly salad recipe for Ranch & Bacon comes with a festive mix of vegetable blend and seasoning and imitation bacon bits. However, you can make this pasta salad at home without using the prepackaged mix.

Pasta salads are ideal for picnics or a potluck. I get requests for this pasta salad for every get-together and cookout.

Pasta Salads Aren’t Dainty

It might be true that real men don’t eat quiche or salads, especially if salads conjure up images of dainty lunches for ladies. However, pasta salads are robust combinations of pasta, vegetables, and often cheese and meat, bound together by a distinctively-flavored dressing. Pasta salads are decidedly macho and the men in your life will love them.

Pasta Salad is not Italian

Pasta, of course, is associated with Italy where they take their pasta very seriously. But pasta salad is actually more American than Italian. Italians generally prefer their pasta hot and served as a separate course. Pasta salad is relatively new in the US as far as culinary trends go. It only really became popular starting in the 1980s when there was a mayonnaise-based macaroni salad that could be found in every deli and became tiresome.


This is what you need to make the salad:

  • Pasta
  • Green Peas
  • Carrots
  • Mayonnaise
  • Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix
  • Onion Powder
  • Bacon Bits

Homemade Suddenly Salad bacon ranch pasta salad ingredients

Three Rules for Making a Pasta Salad

  • Don’t overcook the pasta.
  • Rinse the cooked pasta in cold water. Normally you wouldn’t do this with pasta, but it’s necessary when preparing a pasta salad to keep the pasta from cooking further. Cool the pasta completely before making the salad.
  • Choose your brand of pasta carefully. Although pasta is cheap, spend a few extra pennies on a name brand that you trust.

Variations on this pasta salad

Thanks to my readers who sent in some good ideas like this one:

If you think that using mayo makes the dish too heavy, swap the mayo out for sour cream and a few splashes of milk. This makes the salad creamier and lighter.

You can make this Suddenly Salad Ranch & Bacon Salad in your kitchen. Pasta, mayonnaise and a few extra ingredients create a very flavorful pasta salad. And, the crispy bacon adds a nice flavor. This is a great knock-off recipe – in fact, it’s even better than the box!

a bowl of homemade Suddenly Salad bacon ranch pasta salad

More Pasta Salad Recipes to Try

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pasta salad with bacon, peas, carrots, and ranch dressing in a black bowl

Suddenly Salad Ranch Bacon Salad

You can make Suddenly Salad Ranch Bacon Salad at home.  This is a great knock-off recipe - in fact, it’s even better than the box!
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pasta Salad, Suddenly Salad Ranch Bacon Salad
Servings: 6
Calories: 303kcal


  • 2 cups dry shell pasta
  • 8 ounces green peas
  • 2/3 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch ranch dressing mix
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 tablespoons bacon bits
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder


  • Bring water to a rolling boil in a saucepan. Add shell pasta and carrot shreds, allow them to boil, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Drain into a strainer and rinse under cold water.
  •  In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the peas, the entire packet of ranch dressing mix, bacon bits, onion powder, and mayonnaise. Add pasta and carrots. Stir together until everything is coated with mayo-seasoning mixture. Chill and serve.


Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 563mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2085IU | Vitamin C: 15.8mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.9mg
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About Stephanie

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Stacy

    Fantastic recipe! Thank you Stephanie for making this amazing dish so easy! I thought I’d add that if you want this as a heartier “meal”, I suggest adding some diced ham, turkey or chicken. My crew loves the ham the most😁 Thanks again and God Bless!

  2. Reena Bansal

    5 stars
    Absolutely the best tasting pasta salad I have ever tasted. So yummy! I could eat the whole bowl myself. Thanks grandma so tasty, only way i will be doing it from now on.

  3. Rebecca Currie

    Going to try this… I was going to just use ranch dressing instead of the packet and mayo………………… I probably will still.

  4. Tabitha

    I used mayo the last time and thought it was too heavy. So this time I used sour cream and a few splashes of milk and it was creamier and lighter then using the mayo. So much better.Very yummy.

  5. evixir

    Thanks so much for this. A few years ago they started packaging this product with the tiny shell pasta instead of the medium shell pasta (cheaper for them, same price for us) so I have boycotted them, but loved the flavor and will give this a try.

  6. Ladyofanairman

    5 stars
    WOW! This is a great knock off recipe–in fact, it is better than the box! I found the young peas in a can to be a little to soft, though. Next time, I will try the frozen peas for more cripsness. But it is GREAT!

  7. Anonymous

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. My family loves this salad, and they were out of it at Shop Rite todaY!

    Happy barbequeing!

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