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Chicken-Bacon-Ranch Baked Penne

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Chicken-Bacon-Ranch Baked Penne
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 45 min
  • 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-

Updated June 13, 2019

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
    Sprinkle 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

  • That optional sprinkle of chopped parsley adds not only bright color but also a fresh taste—don’t skimp on the amount you use.
  • No leftover chicken? Buy a rotisserie chicken—a 2 lb. bird will give you about 3 cups of meat.
  • Use Cheddar cheese instead of mozzarella for a more cheesy flavor.
  • Other short pastas, like fusilli or rotini, work equally well, making the casserole easy to scoop up to serve.

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. 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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