Friday, September 23, 2011

Ranch Pasta with Bacon, Spinach, and Tomatoes

I made this so long ago- I can't believe I'm just getting around to sharing it with you now. Sometimes recipes get buried on my desktop and it takes me a bit, but believe me this one is worth the wait.

I had seen this recipe and it never did it for me. I kept thinking "Ew- who puts ranch salad dressing on pasta?! I'll pass!" Then finally one day I stopped being a brat and actually read the recipe- huh... no ranch salad dressing?! Ok... now I was more interested. You see, I love the flavor of ranch so I figured this should be a hit in our house. I love pasta with spinach and tomatoes, John loves bacon with everything, how could this fail?

Well... it didn't. We both loved it! I think next time I'd add a little more seasoning, the real "ranch" affect didn't come through for me, but the taste was subtle and delicious. However that could be my doing- I halved the recipe and I never really measure my seasonings (I tend to pinch and throw) so next time I might measure a bit more carefully. It was a great easy dinner, something I can definitely see myself making again.

Source: A Taste of Home Cooking

1 teaspoon dried parsley
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
Olive oil
4 garlic cloves minced
2 cups light cream 
1 bag baby spinach
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained 
1/2 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 lb short cut pasta, cooked according to package directions
Grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese 


Combine first 6 ingredients (through dried thyme) in a bowl and mix together. This is your Ranch seasoning. You can also use a packet of pre-made dried seasoning. 

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in skillet large enough to hold the pasta over medium-high heat. Add garlic and saute for 2 minutes. Add heavy cream and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and add Ranch seasoning, spinach and tomatoes. Cook until the spinach wilts. Add pasta and cooked bacon and toss to combine. Add grated cheese and taste for seasoning.


  1. Sounds great! Bacon in my pasta is always a good thing. :)

  2. This looks like a pasta we would love.

  3. I made this tonight and YUM! I used gluten free pasta and I added chicken for a complete meal and it was SO good! I thought the sauce would be heavier with 2 cups of cream but I used light cream and it was perfect. Thanks for another great meal :)