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Ranch Pasta and Potato Salad

Pasta and potato adds flavor to this salad recipe – a perfect side dish.

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  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 1 hr 30 min
  • ingredients 7
  • servings 12
 

Ingredients

SALAD

6
small (new) red potatoes, unpeeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (2 cups)
6
oz. (2 1/4 cups) uncooked rainbow rotini (spiral pasta)
8
slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2
cup chopped red bell pepper
1/4
cup chopped green onions

DRESSING

1/2
cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1/2
cup purchased ranch salad dressing

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 1 Bring about 10 cups water to a boil in Dutch oven or 4-quart saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-high. Add potatoes; cook 3 minutes. Add rotini; return to a boil. Cook potatoes and rotini an additional 10 to 12 minutes or until tender. Drain; rinse with cold water to cool. Drain well.
  • 2 Meanwhile, cook bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels.
  • 3 In large bowl, combine cooked potatoes and rotini, cooked bacon, bell pepper and green onions.
  • 4 In small bowl, combine dressing ingredients; blend well. Add to salad; toss to coat. Cover; refrigerate at least 1 hour or until serving time.
  • 1 Bring about 10 cups water to a boil in Dutch oven or 4-quart saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-high. Add potatoes; cook 3 minutes. Add rotini; return to a boil. Cook potatoes and rotini an additional 10 to 12 minutes or until tender. Drain; rinse with cold water to cool. Drain well.
  • 2 Meanwhile, cook bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels.
  • 3 In large bowl, combine cooked potatoes and rotini, cooked bacon, bell pepper and green onions.
  • 4 In small bowl, combine dressing ingredients; blend well. Add to salad; toss to coat. Cover; refrigerate at least 1 hour or until serving time.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Add some capers or sliced ripe olives to the pasta-potato mixture for interest.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1/2 Cup
Calories
230
(
Calories from Fat
140),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
16g
16%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
),
Cholesterol
10mg
10%;
Sodium
210mg
210%;
Total Carbohydrate
17g
17%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
2g
2%
),
Protein
4g
4%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
15%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 3 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.