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Jalapeno Popper Pasta Salad

Servings 10
Author Nichole

Ingredients

FOR THE JALAPENO RANCH:

  • 1 Cup Ranch Dressing, Homemade or Store Bought
  • 2 Medium Jalapeños, Stems and seeds removed
  • 2 Tablespoons Lime Juice
  • 1 Clove Garlic

FOR THE PASTA SALAD:

  • 1 Pound Rotini Pasta
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Jalapenos
  • 1/2 Cup Cubed or Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Cubed or Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese
  • 8-10 Slices Bacon, Cooked and Crumbled
  • 1 Cup Garlic Croutons, Crushed

Instructions

FOR THE JALAPENO RANCH:

  • Combine the ranch dressing, jalapenos, lime juice, and garlic in a high powered blender or food processor. Pulse until completely smooth.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Cook the rotini according to package directions.  Drain pasta, run under cold water until completely cool, set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the pasta and jalapeno ranch.  Add the jalapenos, cheddar, pepper jack, and bacon, stir well to combine.
  • Stir in half of the crushed croutons.  Top the pasta salad with remaining croutons before serving.  Chill until ready to serve.

Notes

NOTE:  You can leave the seeds in the jalapeno ranch if you prefer it spicier!