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Recipe: Spicy Ranch Bacon Chicken Cheddar Pasta

This is one of our favorite meals, it’s so easy to make and has so much flavor. If you like ranch, bacon, and cheddar you will love this meal!

1/2 lb chicken breast cut into bite size pieces (I use tenders)
1 dry packet of Hidden Valley Spicy Ranch (or regular ranch and add some Frank’s Hot Sauce)
1 1/2 cups of milk
2-3 tablespoons of flour (depending on the amount of bacon grease you have in the pan)
1/2 package of bacon
1 box of pasta, we like to use the mini-bowties as they get more coverage of sauce
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

Cook your bacon in a large frying pan (you will use this to cook the other stuff and mix your pasta into so make sure it’s large.)
Boil the pasta while the bacon is cooking, drain and set the pasta aside.
Take the bacon out, but leave the bacon fat in the pan.
Cook your chicken in the bacon fat, I like to flavor the chicken with a lot of black pepper to give it some flavor.
Add in your flour (we’re making a roux here), and cook the flour taste out.
Dump in the packet of spicy ranch/ranch dry seasonings.
Whisk in the 1 1/2 cups of milk, make sure you whisk it so you don’t get any lumps.
Let this cook a bit, it will start thickening up. I add in a 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese at this point, making like a cheesy ranch sauce. Also add in 1/2 of your bacon. Let that combine for just a min, then dump in your cooked pasta.
Stir it all together.
I like to serve it at the table in the pan, so I put the rest of the cheese all over the top of the dish, and sprinkle the bacon on top of that. Cover with a lid so the steam melts the cheese.


Linda Manns Linneman

Saturday 20th of August 2016

This recipe is so good. It is one of my families favorites. Thank you again for sharing this. I really enjoy your new recipes


Sunday 4th of January 2015

This sounds like a great recipe. It is a dish my family would love Thank you so much for sharing this. I will give it a try

Kelly Faber

Thursday 18th of September 2014

This is my kind of comfort food!! I love anything with ranch, so I know this has to be good!! I would like to replace regular bacon with turkey and see how it tastes! Mm


Friday 27th of June 2014

Another delicious recipe, I use turkey bacon, it works well. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

Jo-Ann Brightman

Thursday 20th of February 2014

I would probably use plain ranch since we don't like the food too spicy/hot, but I might add both garlic and onion powder. Any recipe with bacon and cheddar cheese is delicious for me!