Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Bake

This Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Bake is an easy and delicious dinner for those busy week nights.  You can have a hot dinner that everyone will enjoy in under 40 minutes.

A delicious and cheesy pasta bake that will satisfy everyone at the dinner table

Pasta has always been my all time favorite meal choice.  For years it was my go to choice when we would go out to eat.  Lately I have become braver and have started to order different things when we eat out.

Pasta will always hold that number one spot though.  

A delicious and cheesy pasta bake that will satisfy everyone at the dinner table

A couple weeks ago our kids had a pinewood car race to attend a few hours away.  We got up early and headed to the race knowing that we would have to leave as soon as the race was over to get back in time for an afternoon soccer game.  It made for a very busy Saturday on the go.  That meant that a pit stop for lunch on the go was inevitable.

We stopped in one of the towns on the way home where we could get Subway for us and McDonald’s for the kiddos.  One of the benefits to having an older teenager is that he can escort the younger ones to McDonald’s while we go to Subway for a healthy (ok, somewhat healthy) sandwich.

Killing two birds with one stone so we could get back on the road again…gotta love it!

A delicious and cheesy pasta bake that will satisfy everyone at the dinner table

My husband and I split the Chicken Bacon Ranch sandwich.   Yes, for those of you who know how much I don’t really like bacon…I do actually like it on certain things.  Toasted subs happen to be one of them.

As we were driving and eating, I could stop thinking about how those flavors would make an awesome pasta dinner.   Since starting to add dinner recipes like this Chicken Supreme Pasta Bake to the blog, I have started to think about those meals a little more than dessert.  It’s kind of scary ;-)

Don’t worry too much…I still have way more dessert ideas than dinner ones!

On my next shopping trip, I loaded our cart with all the ingredients to make this crazy, good pasta dinner.  My cart looked so different from my usual shopping trips.  I am used to seeing it loaded with cookies, chocolate chips, and cake mixes.  Who am I now?  LOL!

A delicious and cheesy pasta bake that will satisfy everyone at the dinner table

If you prep all your ingredients ahead of time, it will cut down on dinner prep time later.  I like to cut the veggies and meats and keep them in separate ziplock bags or containers in our refrigerator.   You can also cook your pasta ahead of time if you like.  Just be sure to toss it with a little bit of olive oil so it doesn’t stick together.

Start by sautéing the peppers and onions in a small amount of oil. Then add the meats and other veggies.  You can now stir this mixture into the already cooked pasta.

There is no need to dirty another skillet.  Go ahead and heat your milk and cheese in the same skillet you sautéed the veggies in.  As soon as it is creamy, stir in the pasta mixture.   If you are in a hurry for dinner, you can top it with the cheese in the skillet and just cover it with the lid until it melts.

But if you have about 20 minutes, I recommend baking it in the oven with that cheese on top.  A few extra minutes under the broiler will also brown that cheese nicely.

Then it serve it to your family and watch them devour it.  Best feeling ever!!!

A delicious and cheesy pasta bake that will satisfy everyone at the dinner table

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Bake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Bake

Chicken, bacon, and pasta mix with ranch dressing and a spicy pepper jack cheese to create a delicious dinner that everyone will enjoy.

Ingredients

8 ounces pasta (penne)
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup chopped green peppers
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 - 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
2 cups cubed, cooked chicken
1/2 cup chopped, cooked bacon
1 cup chopped spinach leaves
1 - 12 ounce can evaporated milk
2 1/2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese, divided
1/2 cup ranch salad dressing
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions for al dente pasta. Drain and pour back into saucepan. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon olive oil and toss. Cover and set aside.
  2. Saute the onions and peppers in 1 Tablespoon oil for 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic, tomatoes, chicken, bacon, and spinach to the pan. Saute until the spinach leaves start to wilt. Pour the mixture into the pan with the pasta and stir. Cover and set aside again.
  3. Heat the milk, ranch dressing, and 2 cups pepper jack cheese until the cheese melts and becomes creamy. Stir in the noodles and chicken mixture. Spoon into a greased 8x8 baking dish. Top with the remaining pepper jack cheese and cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Broil for 2-3 minutes to brown the cheese. Keep a close eye on it while broiling. Serve hot. Makes 6 servings.

Notes

*This dish has a slightly spicy taste to it. Feel free to substitute your favorite cheese for the pepper jack.

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A delicious and cheesy pasta bake that will satisfy everyone at the dinner table

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Comments

  1. says

    Jocelyn, send me some of those savory brain waves — I desperately need them!! My body isn’t happy with me for taste testing so many cookie and cupcake recipes right now. It’s begging for healthy real food, but I honestly don’t know where to start. It’s actually overwhelming! But I really love how you’re adding savory dishes to your repertoire (I’ve been staring at your sweet treats on Pinterest for months now, so I know how much you enjoy making those!). That takes courage to step outside of your baking comfort zone! And my brother’s Pinewood Derbies were always really fun. They held his at the elementary school at night, so I’d sneak out with a friend or two to play on the playground in the dark. Such fun memories!
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  2. says

    Omg, these are amazing! I’m a huge sucker for pastas and I can’t help it even though I really shouldn’t be having too much of the cheesy carby goodness! I totally need to try a spinach and salmon pasta!

  3. says

    OMG-the melted cheese is just calling my name! I’ve got like 20 boxes of penne pasta in my pantry because it’s my hubby’s fave cut of pasta so I need to make this. Looks completely amazing!
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  4. says

    This was delicious! My husband and 4 year old had seconds, and my husband wanted to go back for thirds of his stomach would have held more! Having leftovers for lunch today, I’m excited.

  5. SallyJoJo says

    We really enjoyed this! Made just a couple of changes, I used ham instead of bacon and all cheddar cheese and add 2 Tbl jalapeno. Very good! Thanks for something different that didn’t have a can of cream of something soup! :)

  6. Brenna D says

    I can’t wait to make this! I make chicken/bacon calzones with ranch that my kids just love. Ironically I made them just last night. What I do is bake the chicken breasts in a mix of ranch and caesar dressings, cool then a bit and then dice into small pieces. Last night I took a chance and used buffalo ranch along with the regular ranch. I also added some smoked paprika to the filling. It was fabulous! Even my picky boys loved them! I’ve thought about adding some veggies but I wasn’t sure what would mesh with it and I was too chicken (no pun intended) to mess with a good thing. With your yummy recipe to make and eat I’ll be able to try something new. Thank you!

  7. Nella Bowden says

    We do not like ranch dressing? Is there anything that I can substitute instead of ranch dressing?

    • says

      If you wanted to substitute greek yogurt in place to it that would be fine. I actually think you could leave it out and it would be fine without it too. I hope you enjoy the pasta!!!

  8. rabiya iqbal says

    Any subtitute for pepper jack cheese.. can we use any other kinda cheese.. plz do reply cuz i really like the recipe n i want to try it..

  9. Lynn says

    This was dinner tonight….it is amazing!!! Thank You for sharing!!! As we always say when we Really like a recipe…THIS ONE IS A KEEPER!!!

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