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.
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 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!
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!
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!!!
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