Easy Chicken and Bacon Ranch Pasta Recipe

This Chicken and Bacon Ranch Pasta recipe is a mouth-watering dish combining succulent pieces of chicken, crispy bacon, and a creamy ranch sauce to elevate your pasta experience to a whole new level. Get ready to enjoy the perfect fusion of savory flavors in this easy-to-follow and irresistible recipe.

A spoonful of chicken and bacon ranch pasta.

Why You Should Try This Chicken and Bacon Ranch Pasta

  • It’s an easy dinner recipe and the ultimate comfort food at the same time.
  • You get incredible Ranch flavor from simple ingredients, perfect for an easy meal for a busy weeknight.
  • The perfect recipe for an easy pasta dish for the whole family

Ingredients needed to make chicken and bacon ranch pasta on a board.Ingredients needed to make chicken and bacon ranch pasta on a board.

What makes a good ranch seasoning?

A good ranch seasoning is characterized by a well-balanced blend of herbs and spices that collectively create a rich, flavorful profile.

A traditional ranch dressing mix typically includes a combination of dried parsley, dill, chives, garlic powder, onion powder, and sometimes dried buttermilk for that classic tangy taste. The key is getting the proportions right to ensure a harmonious blend of salty, herbaceous and slightly tangy notes, making it versatile for various dishes like salads, dips or in recipes like chicken and bacon ranch pasta .

Quality ingredients and freshness also contribute to superior Ranch Seasoning, enhancing the overall taste of your dishes.

Side-by-side view of vegan chicken and bacon in a skillet, with added ingredients for creamy ranch dressing.Side-by-side view of vegan chicken and bacon in a skillet, with added ingredients for creamy ranch dressing.

Ingredients Needed to Make Chicken and Bacon Ranch Pasta

To prepare the delicious Chicken and Bacon Ranch Pasta, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Pasta: You can use any type of pasta, but we recommend penne or fusilli.
  • oil: use any neutral oil such as vegetable oil or olive oil.
  • Vegan Chicken: You can use any plant-based chicken alternative you like.
  • Bacon Bites: You can use store-bought vegan bacon bits or make your own by frying tempeh or tofu and seasoning it with liquid smoke and maple syrup.
  • garlic powder: This will give your pasta dish a nice garlic flavor.
  • onion powder: This will add a subtle onion flavor to your dish.
  • dill: Fresh dill is best, but you can also use dried dill.
  • Parsley: Fresh parsley is best, but you can also use dried parsley.
  • Chives: Fresh chives are best, but you can also use dried chives.
  • Cream Cheese: Use vegan cream cheese to keep the dish plant-based.
  • Milk: Use any type of non-dairy milk you like, such as almond milk or oat milk.
  • Salt and pepper to taste: Season your dish with salt and pepper to taste.

Side-by-side view of creamy chicken and bacon sauce and pasta after cooking.Side-by-side view of creamy chicken and bacon sauce and pasta after cooking.

How to Make Chicken and Bacon Ranch Pasta:

1. Start by cooking your pasta al dente according to the package directions. This will ensure that your pasta is perfectly cooked and ready to mix with the other ingredients.

2. While the pasta is cooking, start cooking the bacon and chicken. Heat the oil in a frying pan or large frying pan and cook the bacon and chicken for about 5 minutes over medium heat until nicely browned and cooked through.

3. Now it’s time to add the creamy and flavorful ingredients that will make this dish truly delicious. Add cream cheese, milk, dill, parsley, chives, garlic, onion powder, salt and pepper to pan. Mix everything well so that the creamy sauce is evenly distributed throughout the dish.

Step-by-step guide showing how the pasta is mixed with the sauce.Step-by-step guide showing how the pasta is mixed with the sauce.

4. Add the cooked pasta to the pan and mix everything well. This will allow all the ingredients to blend together and create a truly flavorful and satisfying dish.

5. Finally, serve and enjoy your delicious chicken and bacon ranch pasta. This dish is perfect for a quick and easy dinner that the whole family will love!

Close-up of Chicken and Bacon Ranch Pasta.Close-up of Chicken and Bacon Ranch Pasta.

How to Store Leftovers

To properly store leftover chicken and bacon ranch pasta, follow these steps:

  1. Cool quickly: Let the pasta cool to room temperature before storing. You can speed up the cooling process by spreading the pasta in a thin layer on a baking sheet.
  2. Refrigeration: Place leftovers in an airtight container or cover the dish tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate chicken and bacon ranch pasta within two hours of cooking to prevent bacteria growth.
  3. Label and date: For easy identification and to keep track of freshness, label the container with the preparation date. This helps you know how long leftovers have been in the fridge.
  4. Storage time: Consume leftovers within 3-4 days. After this time, the quality of the pasta may deteriorate and the risk of bacterial growth increases.
  5. Reheating: When reheating, it is best to use a method that distributes heat evenly. You can reheat pasta in the microwave, on the stove or in the oven. Add a little stock or water if it seems a little dry.

Remember that overall shelf life may vary depending on the specific ingredients used, so use your judgment and sensory cues to assess the freshness of leftovers.

Ready chicken and bacon ranch pasta with creamy sauce.Ready chicken and bacon ranch pasta with creamy sauce.

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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces of pasta

  • 1 tablespoon of oil

  • 7 ounces vegan chicken

  • 1/2 cup bacon bites

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 tablespoon of dill

  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley

  • 1 teaspoon of chives

  • 6 oz dairy-free cream cheese

  • 1/2 cup of vegetable milk

  • salt, black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Start by cooking your pasta al dente according to the package directions. This will ensure that your pasta is perfectly cooked and ready to mix with the other ingredients.Ingredients needed to make chicken and bacon ranch pasta on a board.Ingredients needed to make chicken and bacon ranch pasta on a board.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, start cooking the bacon and chicken. Heat the oil in a frying pan or large frying pan and cook the bacon and chicken for about 5 minutes over medium heat until nicely browned and cooked through.Side-by-side view of vegan chicken and bacon in a skillet, with added ingredients for creamy ranch dressing.Side-by-side view of vegan chicken and bacon in a skillet, with added ingredients for creamy ranch dressing.
  3. Now it’s time to add the creamy, flavorful ingredients that will make this dish truly delicious. Add cream cheese, milk, dill, parsley, chives, garlic, onion powder, salt and pepper to pan. Mix everything well so that the creamy sauce is evenly distributed throughout the dish.Side-by-side view of creamy chicken and bacon sauce and pasta after cooking.Side-by-side view of creamy chicken and bacon sauce and pasta after cooking.
  4. Add the cooked pasta to the pan and mix everything well. This will allow all the ingredients to blend together and create a truly flavorful and satisfying dish.Step-by-step guide showing how the pasta is mixed with the sauce.Step-by-step guide showing how the pasta is mixed with the sauce.
  5. Finally, serve and enjoy your delicious chicken and bacon ranch pasta. This dish is perfect for a quick and easy dinner that the whole family will love!Close-up of Chicken and Bacon Ranch Pasta.Close-up of Chicken and Bacon Ranch Pasta.

Remarks

To properly store leftover Chicken and Bacon Ranch Pasta, allow the pasta to cool to room temperature before storing. Place leftovers in an airtight container or cover the dish tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate chicken and bacon ranch pasta within two hours of cooking to prevent bacteria growth.

Nutritional information:

Yield: 4

Portion: 1 cup

Amount per serving:

Calories: 446Total fat: 22gSaturated fat: 7gTrans fat: 0gUnsaturated fats: 11gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 498 mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 22g

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