Creamy Pasta Salad

This is one of my family’s very favorite side dishes. We eat this as a tasty side to a roast chicken or ribs, or even as a meal by itself!


4.8 from 4 reviews
Creamy Pasta Salad
Recipe type: Main Dish, Side Dish
  • ½ box shaped pasta
  • 1 head of broccoli, chopped
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • ½ pkg mini pepperonis (regular size is ok, too)
8 Monterey Jack cheese sticks (snack sticks) cut into chunks (you can use any kind of cheese, but we always have these around, and it is easy to just slice them up!)
3 medium carrots, chopped
Ranch dressing (We use the packet to make our own...much better tasting)
  1. Cook pasta according to directions on the box. Drain it.
  2. Place colander with drained pasta into a bowl with ice and water in it to cool it off.
  3. Put all the rest of the ingredients, except the ranch dressing into a bowl.
 Pour the cooled pasta onto a clean towel and really dry it off.
  4. Pour pasta into the bowl
. Stir in the ranch as you like it. A little, a lot—there's no exact science to it. This goes great with any BBQ'd food, or even as a meal by itself!


  1. Jessica Harrell says

    I made this over the weekend and found I needed to add salt and pepper to taste and next time, I will cook my broccoli. In it’s raw state it was rather tough. Otherwise, it was good.

  2. marylee says

    Glad you have this posted! We have been doing almost the same recipe for years! I don’t use the pepperoni but have used large black olives in it. Hubby loves when I put in large chunk crab meat. I found that using generic ranch dressing tastes better than name brand in this b/c the seasoning doesn’t overpower the other ingredients so much. Will try your version next time we make this! 😉

  3. Rhonda Carter says

    How do you keep it from getting dry, my pasta always absorbs the mayo etc and when I used Ranch dressing it absorbed that too?

    • says

      The pasta will absorb the mayo or ranch everytime. If you are preparing ahead of time, mix in only a small amount of ranch-enough to keep it from sticking together. Then when you are ready to serve, mix in your preferred amount of ranch!

  4. Audrey Dietz says

    I keep reading about mayo and sour cream, where does it say in the recipe about either one? And how much do you add? I am making it for dinner tonight.

    • says

      Hi Audrey, The Mayo and Sour Cream references are just about other people’s recipes. This one uses Ranch Dressing (and I use the packet of dry dressing mix and make it myself)

  5. Barbara says

    I make a pasta salad using other veggies also…Tomatoes, peppers, squash, onions
    can use any kind of meat, seafood or beans

  6. Nichole says

    I made this last night to go with my fiancé’s filet mignon on the grill and it was perfect! So delish! Thanks for sharing :)

  7. Jim says

    Turned out fantastic , Im not much of a pepperoni person so i used salad shrimp along with green peppers,onions,and cucumbers fresh from the garden and was very good.The broccoli needs to be steamed or cooked some for me .But that is all personal preference.
    To achieve a slightly creamier texture i used some sour cream and milk both approx 1/3 c each .
    Thanks for the great recipe idea !

  8. ashley says

    Can i use regular sweet peas instead of frozen ones. I left my dethawed peas in the refrigerator for a week and I dont want to use them.

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