Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Bake

A complete meal in one dish: Chicken, pasta, bacon, tomatoes and spinach with a creamy ranch sauce baked to bubbling perfection under a layer of gooey cheese.

Serves: 8Cook: 30 minutesTotal: 30 minutesDifficulty: Easy


Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dry penne pasta
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (1-oz.) dry ranch dressing seasoning
  • 1 1⁄2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups shredded Colby-Jack cheese, divided
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped or shredded
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1⁄2 cup chopped cooked bacon

Directions

  • Heat oven to 375°F. Butter or spray a 2-quart baking dish; set aside.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions to al dente. Drain; set aside.
  • In a 4-quart sauce pan over medium heat melt butter; whisk in flour and ranch seasoning. Cook 4-5 minutes stirring constantly. Slowly add milk while whisking constantly until smooth. Continue cooking, stir occasionally, until mixture is thickened. Remove from the heat and add 1 cup cheese. Carefully stir in pasta, chicken, spinach, tomatoes and bacon. Top with remaining cheese.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes until bubbling and cheese is starting to brown. Refrigerate leftovers.
  • Tip: A rotisserie chicken from the deli section of the store is a quick and easy way to get cooked chicken for this recipe.