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Cheesy Chicken Ranch Pasta
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4.75 from 20 votes

Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta

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! 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta, Crack Chicken, Pasta, Ranch Chicken
Servings: 8
Author: Amanda Rettke


  • 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


  • 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.


*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. :)