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 Chicken Ranch Pasta Bake is a simple pasta recipe that is full of creamy ranch flavor. This recipe is simple and delicious! 





Chicken Ranch Pasta Bake is a simple pasta recipe that is full of creamy ranch flavor. This recipe is simple and delicious! 



My children love a good pasta dish and this one she has cut off her socks 😉 This nude run is prepared quickly, so ideal for the stressful evenings during the week, if we want something simple yet delicious on the table.







The homemade creamy ranch sauce envelops the pasta perfectly and provides plenty of flavor in every single bite. While the creamy ranch sauce was cooking, I coated the chicken pieces with ranch spice and fried them in a non-stick-coated pan. I made it really golden brown, which gave the dish even more flavor. This makes this pasta dish even more delicious. 

I served the chicken ranch noodle run with a green side salad and we all enjoyed every single bite. The next night there was only one portion left for dinner, so Kelsey and I had to argue about who gets them. Haha. Since I am a nice mom, I left it to her, and she was pretty grateful 😉. 


Ingredients

  • 8 ounces (1/2 lb) dried penne pasta
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 Tablespoon ranch seasoning/dressing mix

Sauce:

  • 2 Tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon ranch seasoning/dressing mix
  • 1/2 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Toppings:

  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese
  • 4 slices cooked bacon chopped
  • fresh chopped parsley optional


Instructions

  1. In a large pot of water, boil penne pasta until al dente, according to package directions. Drain.
  2. Season chicken pieces with ranch seasoning. Spray a large non-stick skillet with cooking spray.
  3. Cook chicken in prepared skillet over medium-high heat until no longer pink in center; about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove chicken from skillet and onto a large plate. Tent with foil to keep warm. Carefully wipe skillet clean so you can cook sauce in it.
  4. Add butter to skillet and melt it over medium heat. Once melted, add garlic and stir until fragrant; about 1 minute. Whisk in ranch seasoning and flour. Cook for 30 seconds whisking constantly. Slowly whisk in heavy whipping cream. Continue to cook and stir for one minute or until mixture starts to boil. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese until it completely melts. Season sauce with pepper.
  5. Add drained pasta and cooked chicken to ranch sauce in skillet. Stir to combine.
  6. Pour this mixture into a greased 9x13 inch baking pan. Top with Mozzarella cheese and chopped bacon. Bake in a preheated 375 degree F oven, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbling.
  7. Remove from oven and let rest/cool 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Serve with fresh parsley, if desired. Enjoy!



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