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Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad uses ranch dressing with bacon to add flavor to pasta salad. A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen

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.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad uses ranch dressing with bacon to add flavor to pasta salad. A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen

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.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Serves 8

A ranch dressing with bacon flavor to pasta salad. A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. Cut bacon into small bits and fry until very crispy. Drain and let cool.
  2. Shred carrots, and mix with peas, noodles, and bacon in a large bowl.
  3. Mix in a bowl the Ranch dressing and mayonnaise.
  4. Pour the ranch mixture over the pasta mixture and mixed everything together so all coated.
  5. Chill in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours
  6. Serve it up and ENJOY!

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Recipe Notes

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.

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