Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

about the recipe

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta is a dreamy dish that effortlessly combines all your favorite flavors. With creamy ranch, smoky bacon, and hearty chicken mixed with perfectly cooked pasta, this recipe feels like a cozy hug with every bite. It is perfect for family dinners or casual entertaining, promising a flavor explosion that’ll have everyone lining up for seconds.

INGREDIENTS

– 8 ounces bacon – 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast – 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning – 1 teaspoon sea salt – 16 ounces short pasta penne, cavatelli, bow ties, etc – 2 tablespoons unsalted butter – 2 tablespoons flour – 1 ½ cups half and half – 8 ounce cream cheese cubed – 3 ½ tablespoons dry ranch seasoning 1-package – ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese

– Heat a large skillet to medium-low. Add the bacon, and cook until crisp. Remove the bacon from the skillet and cool on a paper towel lined plate. When it is cool enough to handle, crumble and then set aside.

– While the bacon is cooking, season both sides of the chicken with Italian seasoning and salt. – Increase the heat of the skillet to medium-high. Add the chicken to the bacon grease and cook for 4 to 5 minutes per side or until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through. Remove to a plate and diced.

– Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water

– While the pasta cooks, melt the butter over medium heat in the same skillet that the chicken and bacon cooked in. Sprinkle with the flour and whisk for 2 minutes. – Stir in the half and half and ⅓ cup of the reserved pasta water and cook for 4 minutes. Add the cream cheese and ranch seasoning and cook for another 3 minutes.

– Reduce the heat to medium low, and add the parmesan cheese cook for another 2 minutes, until the cheese melts. Add more of the reserved pasta water as needed to achieve the desired consistency.

– Stir in the chicken and pasta and cook for another 2 minutes. Sprinkle with the bacon and serve warm.