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Creamy and Tangy Pasta Salad
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Creamy and Tangy Pasta Salad

Creamy and Tangy Pasta Salad is flavored with bacon bits, cheddar cheese, red onion, and red bell pepper. This pasta salad has a whole lot of flavor and it's perfect for a summer potluck or BBQ.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword pasta salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Refrigerate 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8


  • 8 ounces uncooked pasta, i use medium shells
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 cup real bacon bits
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • Cook pasta in boiling salted water according to package directions. Drain. Rinse under cold water and drain again.
  • Transfer pasta to a large bowl and toss with the oil. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • In a small bowl stir together mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar, mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
  • Add mayonnaise mixture to bowl with pasta and mix well.
  • Add onion, bell pepper, bacon bits, and cheddar cheese and mix again. Cover and chill 1 hour before serving.


For best flavor be sure to add salt to the water when you boil your pasta.