Bacon- Ranch Pasta Salad
1 pkg. pasta
(I used rotini because that's what I had on hand.)
1 pkg. bacon-chopped into small pieces
(Or be industrious and fry your own.)
2 c. shredded cheese
2c. ranch dressing (approx.)*
sliced black olives
diced bell pepper
*I make my own ranch, but your favorite from a bottle will work also.
Prepare pasta according to package directions, drain, and rinse with cold water. When pasta is completely cool (and completely drained) combine with bacon and cheese. Add optional ingredients if desired. DO NOT add dressing until you are ready to serve! This is important. If you add the dressing too early, you come up with a solid lump (and it's pretty icky). You can adjust the amount of dressing to your taste.