A New Recipe Favorite: Western Barbecue Pasta Salad

Because I love to cook, some of my blogs will be showcasing my favorite recipes from time to time. This such blog is a recipe I copied down from my Aunt Carol’s collection not too long ago. I’ve made it twice now, and though I haven’t tried all that many varieties of pasta salad, this one is my current favorite. The mix of the Ranch dressing and barbecue sauce gives it a cool and smoky flavor, the chicken and bacon meat it up, and I’m a huge lover of peppers and onions.

It’s not exactly the type of recipe I was planning on adding to my “Cookbook” section here on this site, but it’s too good not to share, and it deserves a spotlight at least, since I do consider it a favorite.

I think it’s a perfect dish for summer cookouts, but would also work well for potlucks in the early fall.

Enjoy “Western Barbecue Pasta Salad”:

Western Barbecue Pasta Salad

– 1 lb. garden rotini pasta

– 1 cup Ranch dressing

– ¾ cup barbecue sauce

– ⅔ cup bacon, cooked and crumbled (about 7 to 8 slices)

– 2 cups cooked chicken, diced

– ½ cup green pepper, chopped

– ½ cup peeled, seeded and chopped cucumber

– ½ cup red onion, chopped

– ½ cup green onions

– parmesan cheese (optional)

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and let cool.

Mix Ranch dressing and barbecue sauce; pour over pasta in a very large serving bowl. Add remaining ingredients; toss to combine. 

Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, if desired. Chill several hours before serving.

Recipe Source: Unknown

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