This Ranch Pasta Salad is the perfect summer side dish. Done in minutes, packed with delicious ranch flavor and a major crowd pleaser.
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You know how to tell someone is from the Midwest? They love ranch. On all the things. In all the things. To dip all the things. It’s just kind of a way of life at this point.
So of course we have to add ranch to our pasta salad. And let me tell you, it’s just as delicious as it sounds.
Ingredients for Ranch Pasta Salad
Here’s what you need to make this yummy pasta dish:
How to Make Ranch Pasta Salad
The process of making this pasta salad couldn’t get easier. And it’s all done in a matter of minutes.
First, get a big pot of water on the stove and cranked up to boil. While you are waiting on the water to boil, make the dressing.
In a large bowl, whisk together the mayo, milk and ranch dressing packet. It will be really thin at this point but as it sits it will start to thicken up.
By the time the pasta is ready to be added it will be the perfect consistency.
Rinse the pasta with cold water and add to the ranch dressing. Stir in diced ham and thawed peas.
This ranch pasta salad is best if it’s had a few hours to soak up the dressing. You could even make it the night before to make things even easier for you.
That said, if you don’t have the extra time it’s definitely still delicious and flavorful when eaten right away.
This recipe is delicious just as it’s written but there are lots of ways you can change it up or customize it to your taste.
More Potluck Side Dish Ideas:
Ranch Pasta Salad
- 1 lb. rotini pasta
- 1 1 oz. ranch dressing mix
- 3/4 cup mayo
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 tsp. seasoned salt
- 1 cup diced ham
- 3/4 cup frozen peas, thawed
- Bring large pot of water to a boil. While you are waiting for the water to boil, make the dressing. In a large bowl, whisk together ranch dressing mix, mayo and milk. Set aside to thicken.
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse with cold water and drain well. Add pasta, ham and peas to dressing and stir until well coated. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving if you have time.