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This is a great alternative to buying the pre-packaged boxes of pasta salad. So easy to make and you can control all the ingredients yourself.

Cooks Note:

If you feel that there is not enough mayonnaise to cover all the ingredients just add in a tablespoon or so more until it covers everything well


  • 2 cups dry shell pasta
  • 1/4 cup julienne carrots
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 pckt (or 2 tbls) dry ranch dressing mix
  • 4 strips bacon (cooked and crumbled)1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups chicken (cut into bite size pieces; cooked and cooled)


  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Add in pasta, wait a few minutes then add in carrots and cook until pasta is al dente.
  • Drain pasta into strainer and rinse with cold water. Shake until well drained.
  • Set aside.
  • In medium sized bowl mix the mayonnaise, ranch dressing mix, bacon and onion powder.
  • Add in the cooled pasta and carrots, chicken and cheese.
  • Mix until everything is covered with mayonnaise mixture.
  • Chill and serve.

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