Easy Ranch Pasta Salad


  • 1 lb cavatappi pasta or similar like rotini, bowties or penne
  • 1/2 lb broccoli florets
  • 10 oz cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 cucumber peeled and chopped
  • 2.5 oz crumbled bacon or about 4-5 cooked bacon strips, crumbled
  • 1/2 C grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 C diced red onion optional
  • 1 1/2-2 C ranch dressing like Hidden Valley ranch
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, rinse and allow to cool completely. 

  2. Add pasta to a large serving bowl and add in broccoli, tomatoes, chopped cucumber, bacon, Parmesan and red onion. 

  3. Add in 1 1/2 cups ranch dressing and toss. If desired add more ranch dressing or if not serving right away toss in a little more ranch dressing right before serving.

  4. Season well with salt and pepper.

  5. Refrigerate until ready to serve.