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When the weather warms up, we love to get our family and friends together outdoors to hang out and enjoy some delicious food. Burgers, lemonade, and watermelon are classic and a given at a Garofalow grill out. These relaxed parties become potluck affairs with our friends and family bringing their favorite side dishes. I don’t like to stray too far from classic flavors when feeding a crowd, but I always like to shake it up a bit when it comes to presentation.
This BBQ season, I switched up the way I make a classic ranch pasta salad. My kids’ favorite BBQ side dish is getting a fun new twist. Instead of mixing everything up in a bowl, I’m stuffing bacon, cheese, chicken, veggies, and creamy Hidden Valley Avocado Ranch into jumbo pasta shells to make these ranch pasta salad stuffed shells. This turns pasta salad into a three-bite appetizer that you can eat with your hands—perfect for mingling.
- jumbo pasta shells: about 12 shells
- cooked, shredded chicken: 1 cup
- cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in half: 1 cup
- shredded cheddar cheese: 1 cup
- frozen peas, thawed: 1 cup
- bacon, crumbled: 4 slices
- Hidden Valley Original Avocado Ranch Dressing: ½ cup
- black pepper: ⅛ teaspoon
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Step 1: Cook pasta shells according to directions on the package. Do not overcook them as they will get mushy and not hold their shape. Allow to cool completely.
Step 2: In a large bowl combine chicken, cheese, cherry tomatoes, peas, and bacon. Mix well.
Step 3: Add ½ cup of Hidden Valley Original Avocado Ranch Dressing and black pepper. Stir well to combine.
Step 4: Spoon approximately 2 tablespoons of the chicken salad mixture into the jumbo shells.
This recipe can easily be doubled depending on how many shells you want stuffed.