Friday, February 15, 2013

Chicken, Bacon Ranch Pasta {My New Go To Pasta Recipe}

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

Ingredients:
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 


Directions:
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 



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25 comments:

Sila Lumenn said... #

Tina, that looks totally amazing! I'm going to put it on my menu for next week.

Feel better!

Jen said... #

That looks SO yummy! I was curious, have you tried to reheat this? DH works crazy hours, so he can't always eat things right away. Just curious if it tastes okay when reheated?

Roxanne said... #

@ Jen - Im sure it would taste good as a cold salad also. It is kinda like the suddenly salad box meal that you serve cold.

ITheeCook said... #

My son loves this dish. I make it quite a bit in my house. Yours looks delicious!

Tina Butler said... #

The sauce thickens up quite a bit after it sits, so I don't recommend it cold. I have reheated it in the microwave the next day for lunch and it is turns out creamy again, so it is great reheated.

Anonymous said... #

I have made this recipe as well but made my own dry ranch dressing mix from another online source . Thumbs up and thanks for your awesome blog. I love cooking but I doubt I'd be able to blog well about it :-)
From: Lisa Blok

Anonymous said... #

When I reheated my leftovers the next day, it was even better than it was originally. Didn't think that was possible, cuz leftovers aren't usually better, but it was!

Tina Butler said... #

Anonymous,
Thank you for stopping by and letting us know. : ) I thought it was great reheated as well.

Anonymous said... #

Just made this and it was delish! Trying spicy ranch package next time.

Anonymous said... #

Tina How long should you let this thicken? Mine turned out a brownish color and tasted sort of strong. Yours looks yummy.

Tina Butler said... #

You may of had the heat up too high. Once you add the milk it only takes about 5 minutes or so to thicken up, so not long at all.

Anonymous said... #

Now that you say that I probably did. I will try it again when it is not such a busy afternoon! Thank you so much!

Anonymous said... #

I tried it and my family of 5 love it. Just a thought, I didn't have any powdered ranch on hand. I substituted regular ranch dressing instead and reduced the milk to 1 cup to keep consistency. Turned out great!

Laura said... #

Hi Tina!

Have been eyeing your blog for a while and decided to finally try out a recipe.. this one was delicious! Came out so creamy and flavourful I just had to comment and tell you how much a love you blog and simple comfort food recipes. They are always the best ones, I think the classic caramel cake might be my next attempt! :)

Chele said... #

This was good. the kids ate it up. Next time I think I will increase the bechamel by half and add a little more ranch powder. The pasta I get is 14 oz, so it needed a bit more sauciness!(I use barilla multi)I am looking forward to having it again for my lunch! Thanks so much :)

Anonymous said... #

Wow, I can't believe I didn't think of this before!!! What a great dinner and super easy! I added peas and had mozzarella on hand sinuses some of that and sharp cheese it was awesome! This will def go on my monthly menu! Thanks

Anonymous said... #

Hi there! When you substituted the regular ranch for the powdered ranch how much did you use?

Summer Bourg said... #

I cooked this tonight and my husband's words were "this is one of the best things you've ever cooked" def a winner!! I added an onion and cooked it for a few minutes with minced garlic. I cooked them in a little of the bacon grease and butter (bad, i know). I also used spicy ranch mix, which gave it a nice little kick! Thanks for all your great recipes!!

Anonymous said... #

Delicious and easy to make!

Anonymous said... #

I made this last night for dinner and substituted broccoli for the past since we're following a low-carb diet. It was incredibly salty. Am I the only one that has had this happen?

Dhriti Deb said... #

Hi Tina! This recipe looks wonderful. I remember having made something like this a while ago but the sauce never quite turned out right. I hope that this time, through this recipe it will. It seems to have a pretty easy flow to it. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

Anonymous said... #

Hi,
I just made this last night with biscuits and my whole house went nuts over it. It was so easy to make and I just used left over chicken I had roasted the day before and it came out wonderful!! I'm new to your site and scouring everything so far I love it!! Thanks for putting this all together and making it easy to understand.

Anonymous said... #

Can this be a cold salad???

TuesdaySusan said... #

Can you say FAB-DELICIOUS?!! This recipe was just plain crazy awesome. I could eat this every day and my family thought it was pretty wonderful.....I love cooking a great recipe and this was it!

Tiffany said... #

This looks so amazingly delicious! Like my mouth is watering just looking at the picture. Must run out and get the ingredients..think I'm changing tonight's supper plan ;)