How To Make Bacon Ranch Chicken and Pasta Bake
This pasta bake serves a loaded dish with the combination of broccoli, bacon, and chicken tossed in a creamy alfredo-ranch sauce!
- 2½cupsbroccoli florets
- 3tbspranch dressing mix,divided
- 2lbschicken breasts,skinless boneless, cut into bite-sized pieces
- ½tspground black pepper
- 48ozchicken broth,(1 container)
- 16ozsmall shell pasta,(1 package)
- 1tbspunsalted butter
- 1tbspextra virgin olive oil
- 1.6ozdry Alfredo sauce mix,(1 package), such as Knorr®
- ½cupsour cream
- salt and ground black pepper,to taste
- 1cupparmesan cheese,grated
- 4bacon slices,cooked, crumbled
Place the broccoli and water in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave on high for 3 to 4 minutes until steamed and tender. Remove and drain excess liquid, then set aside.
Place 1 tablespoon of ranch dressing mix in a large resealable plastic bag. Add the chicken and pepper, seal the bag, and massage to coat chicken with seasonings.
Pour the chicken broth into a large pot and bring a boil over medium-high heat. Add the shells and return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes until pasta is nearly done. Drain pasta, reserving ½ cup of cooking broth.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13-inch casserole dish.
Heat the butter and olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken to the hot skillet, working in batches if necessary, and cook for about 7 minutes until browned on all sides. Remove chicken to a plate.
Add the milk, Alfredo sauce mix, and remaining ranch dressing mix to the hot skillet, then bring to a boil.
Turn off the heat, add chicken and any accumulated juices, pasta, broccoli, sour cream, reserved pasta cooking broth, salt, and pepper.
Transfer mixture to the prepared casserole dish and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bacon.
Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly.
Serve warm, and enjoy!
- Calories: 610.71kcal
- Fat: 29.11g
- Saturated Fat: 11.27g
- Trans Fat: 0.16g
- Monounsaturated Fat: 10.80g
- Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.57g
- Carbohydrates: 46.76g
- Fiber: 1.88g
- Sugar: 7.94g
- Protein: 38.78g
- Cholesterol: 101.15mg
- Sodium: 959.21mg
- Calcium: 325.35mg
- Potassium: 674.71mg
- Iron: 2.12mg
- Vitamin A: 145.54µg
- Vitamin C: 16.92mg
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