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Chicken-Bacon-Ranch Baked Penne

chicken-bacon-ranch baked penne Entree
Chicken-Bacon-Ranch Baked Penne
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 45 min
  • Ingredients 7
  • Servings 6

Pasta is infinitely better packed with cheese and baked into a creamy casserole—this chicken, bacon, ranch combo proves it. File this under the definition of comfort food! MORE+ LESS-

October 25, 2018

Ingredients

1
lb penne pasta, cooked and drained
2
cups shredded cooked chicken
1
jar (15 oz) Alfredo pasta sauce
1/2
cup ranch dressing
6
slices chopped cooked bacon
2
cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz)
Chopped parsley, if desired

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Grease or spray 13x9-inch pan.
  • 2
    In large bowl, place 1 lb cooked and drained penne pasta, 2 cups shredded cooked chicken, 1 jar (15 oz) Alfredo pasta sauce and 1/2 cup ranch dressing. Stir to combine. Pour mixture in pan; spread evenly.
  • 3
    Sprinkled 6 slices chopped cooked bacon evenly over top, then sprinkle with 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz).
  • 4
    Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.

Expert Tips

  • Other short pastas, like fusilli or rotini, work equally well, making the casserole easy to scoop up to serve.
  • No leftover chicken? Buy a rotisserie chicken—a 3 lb. bird will give you about 3 ½ cups of meat.
  • That optional sprinkle of chopped parsley adds not only bright color but also a fresh taste—don’t skimp on the amount you use.
  • Use Cheddar cheese instead of mozzarella for a more cheesy flavor.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
880
Calories from Fat
420
% Daily Value
Total Fat
46g
71%
Saturated Fat
22g
108%
Trans Fat
1 1/2g
Cholesterol
150mg
49%
Sodium
1200mg
50%
Potassium
350mg
10%
Total Carbohydrate
74g
25%
Dietary Fiber
4g
15%
Sugars
4g
Protein
41g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%
25%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
40%
40%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
4 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 2 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 7 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
5
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Pasta is our go-to dinner and there are few flavor combos we appreciate more than chicken, bacon and ranch, so it was only a matter of time before we introduced them to one another. This chicken-bacon-ranch pasta dish is an easy dinner that has the potential to be even easier when you use precooked bacon and rotisserie chicken. Speaking of easy, did you know that you can make and freeze this pasta dish for later use? Simply bake the dish as the recipe instructs, cover and freeze. When you’re ready to eat it, we recommend thawing it overnight in the refrigerator first. Have a few boxes of penne pasta on hand? You can make a casserole, dinner in the skillet or a one-pot meal with these penne recipes.

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