I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentines Day. I had planned on cooking a family style Valentines Dinner, but I ended up coming down with a horrible cold. The sneezing, coughing and runny nose was so bad that I thought it was best not to cook and touch everything. We ordered Chinese food instead, so everyone was happy.
Today I want to share a recipe that has become a huge crowd pleaser in our house. Chicken, bacon, ranch dressing combined with cheese and pasta make up this tasty dish. I've actually made this dish three times, but have been unable to snap a photo.
I have been trying to get this recipe posted on my blog and last week I finally got a photo.When I make this dish my husband says the same thing, Tina this is really good. I giggle every time and tell him this is the third we have had this dish LOL.
By how my family devours this pasta dish it's definitely a keeper as well as kid-approved. I want to try adding some frozen peas next time and see how that goes over. Let's get started and make some pasta.
I forgot to take a photo of the chicken cooking, so just imagine some chicken pieces browning in butter. Once the chicken pieces are thoroughly cooked, sprinkle the flour and ranch dressing over the chicken and stir. Pour milk into the skillet, and continue to stir and cook until mixture starts to thicken (about 5 minutes)
Stir in the cheese blend and bacon pieces. Stir until cheese melts. Add the cooked pasta to mixture and stir to combine. Serve immediately! The original recipe called for cheddar cheese, but I think the three cheese blend makes is so much creamier. It's your preference.
I served this delicious pasta dish with a salad and french bread.
Chicken, Bacon Ranch Pasta
8 - 10 ounces dried penne or bowtie pasta, uncooked
2 - tablespoon butter
2 - boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
2 - tablespoons flour
1 - 1.0 oz packet dry ranch dressing and seasoning mix
2 - cups milk
1 - cup shredded Kraft three cheese blend (Monterey jack, Colby Cheddar Cheeses with Cream Cheese) or cheddar
1/2 - cup chopped, cooked bacon
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add dried pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain water.
To make the sauce heat butter over medium-high heat, in a large skillet. Add the chicken pieces, and cook until no longer pink.
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 (about 5 minutes). Stir in cheddar cheese blend and bacon pieces. Stir until cheese melts.
Add the cooked pasta to mixture and stir to combine. Serve immediately!
Source: Life as a Lofthouse via Better Homes & Gardens