Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta

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This Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta is an easy and delicious weeknight dinner! It is cheesy ranch heaven, and so simple to throw together. Whenever I’m looking for a quick and comforting meal to make, I usually turn to pasta. It’s always a pleaser. Especially, with the kiddos. This one had everyone begging for seconds!
We quickly loved all the flavors and comfort in this ranch chicken pasta dish. The ranch seasoning gives it just the right amount of flavor, and the cheddar cheese and bacon only added to it’s deliciousness! I served ours with some roasted broccoli so it wasn’t such a naughty dinner. 😉 
Ever since I’ve made it, my kids ask for it all the time. That’s a mom-win to me!

 

Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces dried penne pasta
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 packet (1 ounce) dry ranch dressing seasoning mix
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ⅓ cup chopped, cooked bacon
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add dried pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain water.
  2. Meanwhile, heat butter over medium-high heat, in a large skillet. Add the chicken pieces, and cook until no longer pink. About 10 minutes.
  3. Once chicken is thoroughly cooked, sprinkle the flour and packet of ranch seasoning over the chicken. Stir. Pour milk into the skillet, and continue to stir and cook until mixture starts to thicken.
  4. Stir in cheddar cheese and bacon pieces. Stir until cheese melts.Add the cooked pasta to mixture and stir to combine. Serve immediately!
Notes
FREEZER INSTRUCTIONS: Prepare and cook according to above instructions. Cool, then place in a freezer-safe dish. Freeze up to 2 months. To Reheat: Place container in fridge to thaw safely, up to 24 hours. Place contents in a large skillet, cook over medium-high heat or until heated through.

 

 
Ranch Chicken Pasta

Recipe source: Cassie Craves


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31 thoughts on “Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta

  1. Looks yummy- but I would add some parsley, peas, maybe red peppers to get some veggies into it, color and nutrition for kids.

  2. I have been eyeballing this recipe for at least a week. I finally got the chance to fix it last night. DELISH!!!! My husband loved it, and I am planning to have the leftovers today for lunch. YUM YUM!

    Thanks for the recipe Holly!

  3. I will be making this tonight but have a question and I’m hoping someone can answer me before tonight (it’s 11:30am now!)…..I plan on using a whole pound of penne instead of half….should I double everything else? I know logic dictates that I should but 4 cups of milk seems like a LOT. I make a Chicken Pesto Penne dish and it uses a whole pound of penne but only a 1 1/4 cups of heavy cream and it’s plenty to cover the pasta. Thoughts?

  4. I made this last night and it was so yummy!!! Thanks for the great recipes! I hope you don’t mind if I share this on my blog, skinnyonadime.com 🙂

  5. I made this Tuesday night on a whim. I changed parts of this for what I had in the kitchen. Chicken for Pork, Cheddar to aged Asiago and flour for corn starch. Fiance really dislikes white cheese sauces, but he loved this dish! Thank you for the start up recipe 🙂 Will make again!

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