Cheddar or Colby Cheese
The first step is to start your bacon cooking. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and put a baking rack over it. Lay out your bacon strips and pepper them. Put the pan into a cold oven and set the oven to 350 degrees. Bake it until it is a little crispy (it will soften up a bit in the salad.)
Slice up a few green onions, grate up a bit of cheese, and drain your black olives. If your olives are not already sliced, you will probably want to slice or chop them as well.
Once your pasta is sufficiently cool and drained, add it in as well.
Start adding your ranch dressing a little at a time. Once it looks like you have enough in there, add a little bit more. The pasta will soak up a little bit of the moisture as it sits, and no one likes a dry pasta salad.
I discovered that this pasta salad really needs some time to chill and allow the flavors to blend. If you eat it right away the onion flavor is a bit too strong. Cover it up and put it in your refrigerator for a few hours. Chilling it overnight would be ideal.