1 (12 oz.) tri-color rotini pasta
10 slices bacon
1 C. Mayonnaise
1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
1/4 t. garlic powder
Black pepper to taste
1/2 C. milk, or as needed
1 large tomato, chopped
1 C. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Bring large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook rotini until tender yet firm. About 9 min. Drain.
Place bacon in a skillet over med. high and cook until evenly brown. Drain and chop.
In a large bowl, mix mayo, dressing mix, garlic powder and pepper. Stir in milk until smooth. Place rotini, bacon, tomato and cheese in bowl and toss to coat with dressing. Cover and chill at least 1 hour. Add additional milk if salad seems dry.
Can add black olives or cucumber, if desired.