Copycat Suddenly Salad Bacon & Ranch Pasta Salad

I purchased a package of Betty Crockers “Suddenly Salad” once, but I did not understand what the craze was about.  While it tasted good, I couldn’t justify paying 3 bucks for what is really just some pasta and seasoning.  You can make three times as much pasta salad for the same price if you buy the ingredients separately.   Try it for yourself!

2 cups Rotini pasta
1 cup peas, frozen
2/3 cup Mayonnaise (Hellmanns or similar)
1 package ranch dip mix
1/4 cup shredded carrot
1/4 cup bacon — cooked crisp & crumbled (or bacon bits)
1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Bring water to a boil in a saucepan.  Add pasta and carrot shreds, allow them to boil, uncovered, for 10 minutes.  Drain into a strainer and rinse under cold water.  In a medium sized bowl, mix together the peas, the entire packet of ranch dressing mix, bacon bits, onion powder, and mayonnaise.  Add pasta and carrots. Stir together until everything is combined. Chill and serve.