Richie has always really loved the "Suddenly Salad" from the box. I had never eaten cold pasta salad until I married him, so, naturally I used the boxed kind. It was good. But, the ingredients on the back were...not so good! So this is my healthier but still delicious version of bacon ranch "Suddenly Salad."
4 c. dry small shell pasta
1 lb cooked and crumbled bacon
3/4 c frozen peas
3/4 mayonnaise (you can make your own)
1 TB ranch dressing mix
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/2 c shredded carrot
Cook pasta until done. Add peas and boil 1 minute longer. Strain, run under cold water to cool.
In the mean time, cook bacon until crispy. Transfer to a paper-towel on a plate.
Mix together last 4 ingredients, crumble in bacon and add pasta. Refrigerate immediately, serve when cold.