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Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Bake

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Bake is a delicious casserole made with plenty of cheese, chicken, and bacon. The easy baked pasta recipe will impress your friends and family with its amazing flavors.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces uncooked penne pasta
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green peppers
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon olive oil divided
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 - 14 ounce can diced tomatoes undrained
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup chopped cooked bacon
  • 1 cup chopped spinach leaves
  • 1 - 12 ounce can evaporated milk
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella divided (use pepper jack cheese if you want a spicier pasta)
  • 1/2 cup Ranch salad dressing
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking dish with nonstick spray. (use a 10x10 or 9x13)
  • Cook the pasta according to the package directions for al dente pasta. Drain and pour back into saucepan. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon olive oil and toss. Cover and set aside.
  • Saute the onions and peppers in 1 tablespoon oil for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, tomatoes, chicken, bacon, and spinach to the pan. Stir until the spinach leaves start to wilt. Cover and set aside.
  • Heat the milk and 2 cups mozzarella cheese in a saucepan until the cheese melts and becomes creamy.
  • Stir in the ranch dressing, cooked noodles, and chicken mixture until everything is coated.
  • Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Top with the remaining mozzarella and cheddar cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
  • Broil an additional 1-2 minutes to brown the cheese, if desired. Keep a close eye on it, so it does not burn.

Notes

Notes
*This dish has a slightly spicy taste to it if you use pepper jack cheese.
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 8 SERVING SIZE: 1
Amount Per Serving: CALORIES: 405TOTAL FAT: 25g SATURATED FAT: 10g TRANS FAT: 0g UNSATURATED FAT: 13g CHOLESTEROL: 79mg SODIUM: 596mg CARBOHYDRATES: 21g FIBER: 2g SUGAR: 8g PROTEIN: 24g