Chicken Ranch Pasta

Cracked Out Chicken Pasta – chicken, and bacon tossed in a quick homemade cheesy ranch sauce! Ready in under 15 minutes. Such an easy weeknight meal!! Everyone in the family loves this! Serve with a salad and some crusty garlic bread – so delicious! We make this all the time!

Cracked Out Chicken Pasta - chicken, and bacon tossed in a quick homemade cheesy ranch sauce! Ready in under 15 minutes. Such an easy weeknight meal!! Everyone in the family loves this! Serve with a salad and some crusty garlic bread - so delicious! We make this all the time!

I’ve seen several versions of this pasta on Pinterest and it looked delicious.  I decided to put my twist on the recipe and it turned out great!  This is a one pot dish (Chicken Legs favorite kind of meal since he cleans the kitchen).  I boiled the pasta and then used the same pot make the cheese sauce and toss everything together.  I took a shortcut and used half of a rotisserie chicken and this was done in minutes.  We both loved it.  How could we not since it has all the flavors of our beloved “Crack” Dip in it!  Serve this with a salad and some bread for a delicious weeknight meal!

Cracked Out Chicken Pasta - chicken, and bacon tossed in a quick homemade cheesy ranch sauce! Ready in under 15 minutes. Such an easy weeknight meal!! Everyone in the family loves this! Serve with a salad and some crusty garlic bread - so delicious! We make this all the time!

Cracked Out Chicken Pasta - chicken, and bacon tossed in a quick homemade cheesy ranch sauce! Ready in under 15 minutes. Such an easy weeknight meal!! Everyone in the family loves this! Serve with a salad and some crusty garlic bread - so delicious! We make this all the time!

Yield: serves 4

Chicken Ranch Pasta – Crack Chicken Pasta

prep time: 5 MINScook time: 10 MINStotal time: 15 mins

ingredients:

  • 8-ounces penne pasta
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 2 Tbsp dry ranch dressing seasoning mix
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup cooked, chopped bacon
  • 2 cups cooked chopped chicken

instructions:

  1. In a large pot, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In same pot melt butter. Add flour and stir. Cook flour for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in milk. Continue cooking until sauce thickens. Stir in ranch dressing mix and cheese. Stir until cheese melts. Add chicken, bacon and pasta.  Stir to coat.

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Comments

  1. I am looking to make sympathy meals. The widow likes pasta. Do you think this would freeze well? If so, how would you cook it afterwards? I need to make these meals tomorrow (Sunday 10/1).

    Thank you in advance for your help.

  2. Amberly – I think you might just need to cook it a little longer – it takes a few minutes to feel it thicken up. you could also add a little more flour.

  3. Made this last night and OMG GOOD! Husband loved it too. Only thing I may change WHEN I make it again, is cut back on the ranch seasoning. Maybe it was the brand I used but it seemed a bit too salty. Having said that, we both cleaned our plates – delicious!

  4. Made this lastnight using bowtie pasta (WackyMac brand) and LOVED IT!!!
    Next time I'll add a little mustard to the sauce to kick up the flavor just a tad.

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. A keeper for sure.

  5. I have to admit that I've used leftover "Crack dip" on pasta before — just cooked and drained the past and stirred in the dip. It's not so bad!

  6. Pinned! Oh my son would love this dish! I will be making this soon. If you get a chance come visit my blog and follow back. Have a great week.

    Thanks
    ~Rina

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