Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad uses ranch dressing with bacon to add flavor to pasta salad. A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen
So how has your summer been treating you so far? I just realized today, summer is almost over, and in less than a month and a half, I will be in my new apartment a year! Where has the time flown? It feels like I just moved into this place.
I remember thinking when I moved in here, I am going to be able to travel more this summer. Yeah, I have yet to do that. Time is truly flying. I know they say as you get older time flies, but this year really seem like it is flying, faster than normal.
I should travel somewhere this summer, well what is left of this summer I should say what is left of this summer. I know I need a getaway. My vacation was in May around memorial day, I asked for actually this week off in July from My Phlebotomy job but was denied.
I asked for it because the annual Food and Wine Conference was this past weekend in Florida. I really wanted to go, but work would not let me off. I know I just need some time off.
We are constantly short-handed so when you ask a year in advance for a July vacation, you get denied. Yes, that what happened. I think every day last week my boss asked me: “Deanna, are you ok?”
I am just tried. I work a lot there, we are the busiest health centers to get your blood drawn. We see close to 300 people daily, and for the most part, there is 4-5 of us working daily. It a lot of people, they constantly shorthand us and demand more and more.
I know I am whining, I am just tired. This blog, it is my stress relief, writing up the posts for Parade, it a stress relief. I enjoy this stress relief. Lately, I have been too tired to do my stress reliefs, I admit right now as I write this, I am forcing myself, I am very tired from working without a lunch today, we were so busy, none of us could have a lunch. So I need a recharge in my batteries.
So I decided, the day job isn’t getting any better, it hasn’t for years. I can travel more and do my stress relief and recharge my batteries. I wrote to a few wineries around Ohio, that could be day trips. I asked them if I can do a review of them, do an Instagram tour from grape to bottle. In fact, I have an idea of using the wines from these places and create a recipe for them as well, I could do it on Parade the recipe. I think it is fun, entertaining, and just what I need to recharge my batteries, and it a travel I can do, after work on a Saturday.
Speaking of recharging, sometimes I think macaroni salad can be a little bland. It needs a recharge, so why not flavor it with classic ranch dressing? The ranch pasta salads I was seen use a packet of ranch seasoning. I didn’t want this salad to be salty because wanted to use bacon in it as well. So I choose to play with the bottled dressing instead, it was the perfect recharge on an old recipe.
A ranch dressing with bacon flavor to pasta salad. A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen
- 12 ounce fusilli pasta cooked and chilled
- 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1/2 cup fresh peas
- 1/2 cup carrot, shredded
- 1 small bottle Ranch dressing
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- Cut bacon into small bits and fry until very crispy. Drain and let cool.
- Shred carrots, and mix with peas, noodles, and bacon in a large bowl.
- Mix in a bowl the Ranch dressing and mayonnaise.
- Pour the ranch mixture over the pasta mixture and mixed everything together so all coated.
- Chill in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours
- Serve it up and ENJOY!
The ranch amount depends on your taste buds, start with 1/2 the bottle, taste it and if it enough ranch for you. Then good, if not add the rest the bottle.