I’m pretty sure one of my top 10 favorite types of dishes is a baked pasta dish. This one also has bacon, so it just jumped to a top 3.
This recipe came together, like a lot of my dinner recipes, when I have things I need to use up. I thawed chicken without a plan, as I do occasionally . Okay, a lot. Then I had an opened ranch powder packet and some bacon I cooked at the beginning of the week. Plus I had pasta, we always have pasta. Lots of things happening.
I made my base creamy sauce that I use for a lot of amazing dishes and it all went from there. And then baked it in a very midwest fashion. (Technically you don’t have to bake it, but I like that baked pasta dish that all comes together.)
This is a perfect recipe for an easy weeknight meal or a cozy Sunday family dinner. My kind of cooking.
Check out the recipe below and let me know what you think!
Creamy sauce seasoned with ranch mixed with chicken, cheese, pasta and bacon. An easy dish filled with flavor that you will definitely make again and again.
10 ounces penne pasta, cooked to al dente
1 pound boneless, chicken breasts or thighs cut in 1-inch pieces
1 Tablespoon ranch powder dressing mix
2 Tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 Tablespoons ranch powder dressing mix
1/2 Tablespoon flour
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup Mozzarella cheese
4 slices cooked bacon, chopped into pieces
– Great with toasted bread or a salad as a side.
This is a new favorite! It was easy to make and I was able to make in advance and refrigerate then just pop in the oven after work and delicious!