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Working at a pizza shop in high school, I loved a recipe similar to this. After years of trying to duplicate it, I think I've come about as close as I'm going to get, and I love it. There are many variations on ingredients that will make it healthier, but I suggest trying the original first since it is sinfully delicious.

Provided by 921195

Categories     Pork

Time 20m

Yield 8 serving(s)

Number Of Ingredients 5

1 (20 ounce) package cheese tortellini
1 lb bacon
1 pint cherry tomatoes
1 (8 ounce) package cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup ranch dressing (more may be used according to personal preference)


  • Slice bacon into thin strips (1/2 - 1 inches in width). Separate slices and place into a preheated frying pan.
  • While bacon is browning, prepare the tortellini's according to the package's directions. When the tortellini's are fully cooked, run under cool water, drain, and set aside to cool.
  • When the bacon is fully cooked, carefully drain the grease and spread the bacon pieces onto paper towels to remove excess grease. Set aside to cool.
  • Slice the tomatoes in half.
  • In a large bowl, combine the tortellini's, bacon, tomatoes, cheese and ranch dressing. Stir to combine.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least one hour, but as much as 2 days.
  • When ready to serve, you may add the extra ranch dressing if you wish.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 746.4, Fat 55.7, SaturatedFat 19.4, Cholesterol 106.2, Sodium 1181.6, Carbohydrate 36.9, Fiber 1.9, Sugar 3, Protein 23.9

Adetola Mustapha
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Overall, I thought this pasta salad was just okay. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. I probably wouldn't make it again.

Godiragetse Tshego
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This pasta salad is way too salty for my taste. I would recommend using less bacon or cheese, or maybe even omitting the salt altogether.

Uttam Roy
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I found this pasta salad to be a bit bland. I think it could use some more seasoning or maybe some fresh herbs.

Diyane Nkosinathi
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This pasta salad is a bit too rich for my taste, but I think it would be perfect for a potluck or party.

Nelson Duma
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I'm not a huge fan of ranch dressing, but I thought this pasta salad was still really good. The bacon and cheese add a lot of flavor and the pasta is cooked perfectly.

Laura Mackey
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This pasta salad is easy to make and can be tailored to your own taste. You can add more or less bacon, cheese, or vegetables, depending on your preference.

Savvy Cellilo
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This pasta salad is a great way to use up leftover chicken or bacon. It's also a great dish to take to a potluck or party.

prya sherpa
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I love the combination of flavors in this pasta salad. The ranch dressing is creamy and flavorful, and the bacon and cheese add a nice salty and smoky flavor.

Eric Sullivan
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This pasta salad is perfect for a summer picnic or potluck. It's easy to make and can be made ahead of time, so it's a great option for busy families.

Ivelianys Perez
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I made this pasta salad for a party and it was a huge success! Everyone loved it and I got lots of compliments on it.

Kieffer Cakobau
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This is my new favorite pasta salad recipe! It's so creamy and flavorful, and the bacon and cheese add the perfect touch of richness.

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I was looking for a pasta salad recipe that was a little different and this one fit the bill. The combination of flavors was perfect and the pasta was cooked to al dente perfection.

Hanzala Raja
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This recipe was easy to follow and the pasta salad turned out delicious! I would definitely make it again.

My Acc
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I made this pasta salad for my family and they loved it! It was a great way to use up leftover chicken and bacon. The dressing was flavorful and the pasta was cooked perfectly.

Fabian Abraham
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This pasta salad was a huge hit at my summer potluck! I loved the creamy ranch dressing and the addition of bacon and cheese. It was easy to make and everyone raved about it.

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