This recipe is an easy way to feed a large group as each ingredient can be cooked, set aside and ready to combine to create a delicious creamy pasta salad. Start cooking the pasta whilst you keep busy with preparing the rest of the ingredients.

Ingredients:

300g dried pasta (any short shape will work)
2 rashers of bacon, cut into 1cm dice
2/3 cup ranch dressing
1 large can of corn, drained well
1 punnet cherry tomatoes, halved
½ rotisserie chicken, shredded
1 green onion, thinly sliced

Method:

  1. Bring a pot of water to the boil and cook pasta according to directions. Drain well and set aside to cool.
  2. Heat a large pan over medium high heat with no oil, add bacon and cook until crisp. Remove from pan and allow to cool.
  3. Combine cooled pasta with dressing and season well with salt and pepper, add all remaining ingredients, reserving a quarter of the bacon for garnish, and toss well to coat.
  4. Divide pasta between plates and top with reserved bacon.

Serves 3-4

TIPS:

  • Using ranch dressing adds loads of flavour and herbs with no extra effort
  • Make sure pasta has cooled before adding the dressing or it may split and become oily

SUBSTITUTIONS:

  • Chicken and bacon can be omitted for a vegetarian option, add other salad ingredients
  • Freshly grilled chicken breast can be used if rotisserie chicken is not available
  • Ranch can be substituted for your preferred dressing
  • Red peppers can be substituted for tomatoes

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