Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta is so addictive, you won’t be able to have just one plate!  Moist shredded chicken is paired with thick-cut crispy pieces of bacon and a creamy and cheesy ranch mixture on a bed of penne noodles for an amazing finish!  If you are looking for more pasta ideas, make sure to check out my cheeseburger pasta and my mushroom and swiss pasta!

Easy One-Pot Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta

OK, so I know by now I have already sold you on why you would want to make cheesy ranch chicken pasta, but I am going to go ahead and add another thing.  It all cooks in one pot!  Just one.  If you are like me, this is an amazing discovery.  My kids love it and it cleans up easy which means I am winning.  There is a little bit of prep work to be done but if you do that, I am here to tell you the rest of your week will be a breeze too.

Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta

Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta

I don’t know what it is about kids and ranch.  They just love the stuff.  So anytime I can make a dinner for them that has the flavor of ranch infused, I know it will be a hit.  Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta had them licking the bowl and asking for more.  I’ll be honest, I was in the same camp.  It was so delicious I couldn’t stop grabbing a bite full.

Easy and Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta

Prep Ahead

  • Shredded Chicken: You can buy your chicken cooked and pre-shredded but I prefer to make it ahead.  Use this easy shredded chicken recipe for perfectly cooked and moist chicken every single time.
  • Bacon:  You can also buy pre-cooked bacon at the store but again, there is nothing better than the taste and crunch of perfectly cooked and crispy bacon.  I always bake mine in the oven. Start by lining a large baking dish with tin foil and lay out the individual pieces of bacon.   Bake them in the oven at 415° F for 18-20 minutes.  Cook times will vary based on your oven heat.

Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta Ingredients

Other Ingredients

  • Dry Ranch Seasoning–Make your own homemade ranch seasoning mix if you don’t have any on hand.
  • Penne Noodles–Or, use the noodles you prefer.
  • Chicken Broth
  • Cream Cheese

Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta with Bacon

How to Make Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta

  • Start with a small to medium-sized bowl.
  • Add the chicken and the dry ranch seasoning and stir to combine making sure to coat all of the chicken well.
  • Move to the Dutch oven and set it over medium heat.  Add the broth, the dry penne noodles, and the chicken mixture.  Stir to combine and bring everything to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat down to low and cover.  Allow this mixture to simmer 15-20 minutes.
  • Stir it occasionally to make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.  (There will still be liquid in the pan when the noodles are finished cooking.)
  • Add in the cream cheese and stir until it has completely melted into the mixture.
  • Remove from heat and add the bacon and the shredded cheddar cheese.  Stir everything together until it has completely melted.

Garnish with parsley and serve! Yup, it’s just that easy.

Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta Recipe

Cheesy Chicken Ranch Pasta
4.77 from 21 votes

Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta is so addictive, you won't be able to have just one plate!  Moist shredded chicken is paired with thick-cut crispy pieces of bacon and a creamy and cheesy ranch mixture on a bed of penne noodles for an amazing finish! 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded chicken, cooked
  • package (1 ounce) dry ranch seasoning mix*
  • ounces penne noodles,   uncooked
  • 3½  cups  chicken broth
  • ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • slices  thick-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • cups  cheddar cheese, shredded
  • tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  • In a small bowl combine shredded chicken and dry ranch seasoning. (This is your chicken mixture.)
  • To a large Dutch oven over medium heat, add the chicken broth, penne, and chicken mixture. Stir to combine and then bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and then cover and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the pasta is cooked to your preference. There should still be some liquid in the pot when the pasta is done cooking.
  • Add the cream cheese to the dutch oven and stir until most of the cream cheese has melted.
  • Add the bacon and shredded cheddar cheese. Stir everything until cheese is fully melted.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve.

Notes

*You can start with 1/2 an ounce of the ranch seasoning mix and then taste test. We have tested the recipe several times and found that 1 ounce was the perfect amount. 🙂 

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Looking for More Pasta Recipes?

Pasta is a big favorite around here and we tend to make it often.  Here are some of my family’s favorite noodle dishes!

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Mushroom and Swiss Pasta

Spaghetti Carbonara

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Reader Comments

  1. This is delicious and easy. We didn’t have bacon so i cut up two Roma tomatoes and added 2 handfuls of baby spinach. So yummy!!

  2. This recipe was pretty good. I enjoyed the richness of the sauce. Part of me wants to say this was “too salty” but I think some of the taste had to do with the potency of the ranch and cream cheese flavor which gave it an almost tangy, sour taste. So I’m not certain if it was the salt content or the ranch and cream cheese. Either way I found the recipe enjoyable but I would probably use heavy cream instead of cream cheese. Not sure. I’d have to experiment a bit.

  3. Too rich! Too much cheese!! No break from the richness for your palate. Never making this again

    1. It’s actually an appropriate amount of cheese for this dish. If you don’t like rich foods or cheese you might want to stay away from dishes literally called CHEESY Ranch Chicken Pasta. Have a nice day!

  4. Made it. Had no bacon (and I don’t really like becon to be honest), so substituted it with 100g pack of Italian sundried tomatoes (the ones that come just sprinkled with oil) and added a bot of green peas and spinach at the end.

    It came absolutely delicious, and it took below 30 min to make it, so it’s a great meal prep recipe (it was even better the next day). Serving it with parsley and buffalo xtra hot from franks.

    Thank you for the recipe!

  5. This is incredible! We used canned chicken because I didn’t prep chicken ahead of time, it’s fantastic! New family fav!

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