‘Loaded Baked Potato’ Pasta Salad

by Jessica on August 7, 2013

'Loaded Baked Potato' Pasta Salad by http://mybakingheart.com #SummerPastabilities

This month, I’m one of fifty entrants into the Hodgson Mill ‘Summer Pastabilities’ Recipe Contest. And my entry is this beautiful ‘Loaded Baked Potato’ Pasta Salad shown above.

This past weekend, C smoked his first brisket out on the patio in our new smoker (more on that later!). I began to prep all the ingredients for the salad… and as I stirred and chopped away, I knew that this would be good, but I had no clue as to how addicting it would be! We invited over Momma G and Dad and I planned to send leftovers home with C’s mom, as she was stopping by later in the evening. However, after his first helping C returned for two more, and by the end of dinner, the bowl was almost empty. That’s always a good sign in our house!

This ‘end of Summer’ pasta salad is filled with a creamy & tangy dressing, crisp green onions, crunchy bacon and shreds of cheddar cheese. It’s definitely one I’ll be making again, and as I’ve been told, a recipe for the record books!

'Loaded Baked Potato' Pasta Salad by http://mybakingheart.com #SummerPastabilities

‘Loaded Baked Potato’ Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings


  • 1 (16 oz) box Hodgson Mill whole-wheat medium shells
  • 1 lb bacon, cooked, cooled and chopped
  • 1/2 c olive-oil mayonnaise
  • 1 c fat-free sour cream
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb bacon, cooked, cooled and chopped
  • 8 green onions, chopped
  • 1-1/2 c cheddar cheese, shredded


Boil 4 quarts of water and, if desired, salt to taste. Add pasta to boiling water, stirring vigorously until water begins boiling again (about 30 seconds). Cook 7 to 9 minutes, or longer until desired tenderness. Do not overcook! Drain and set pasta aside.

Cook the bacon in a large skillet. Once crispy, drain and let cool. Crumble into bite-size pieces.

Mix the mayonnaise and sour cream in a small bowl, seasoning with the kosher salt and pepper. Add to the pasta, along with the bacon, green onion and cheddar cheese. Season with more salt and pepper, if desired. Refrigerate for 3 hours, up to overnight, before serving.


Want to win a delicious selection of assorted pasta for yourself? Hodgson Mill is giving one lucky MBH reader a prize pack worth $25!

GIVEAWAY CLOSED. Congrats to Sherri – enjoy your pasta pack!

Just leave a comment below with your favorite variety of pasta and you’re entered to win! Contest ends August 11th at midnight CST.

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'Loaded Baked Potato' Pasta Salad by http://mybakingheart.com #SummerPastabilities


Disclosure: A variety of pasta was provided to me by Hodgson Mill for preparation of entry. The photographs and opinions expressed herein are solely my own.

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1 tiffany August 7, 2013 at 1:56 pm

That sounds yummy. Thin spaghetti is the pasta we use most often. I also like the bow ties because they are cute in shape.

2 Bob Blair August 7, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Looks like another good recipe. Going to try it when we return from an upcoming road trip. Tell C Hey!, and come see us.

3 Kim August 7, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Before I read the title and just looked at the picture, I thought, ooh, I bet that would be good with bacon! Well, you beat me to it! My mom passed down a family potato salad to me that has bacon in it and it is to die for…but being a HUGE pasta lover, I think your pasta salad might win over my family’s potato salad!

As for my favorite variety of pasta, that’s tough, I don’t know if I can pick just one, but the first thing that comes to my brain is cavatappi.

4 Sherri August 8, 2013 at 6:35 am

This looks delicious! I would say our favorite pasta is macaroni for some homemade mac and cheese!

5 The Home Cook August 8, 2013 at 11:58 am

I’m really into angel hair right now.

6 Shelly August 8, 2013 at 2:38 pm

I love using penne.

7 Carolsue August 11, 2013 at 4:24 am

My favorite kind of pasta are the bowties. They are so versatile!

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