Skinny Cheesy Bacon Ranch Chicken Pasta is an easy flavorful pasta and an all time FAMILY FAVORITE with ranch chicken in a lightened up cheesy ranch sauce – with BACON, broccoli and bell peppers!
If you’ve followed Carlsbad Cravings since 2014, then you will recognize this pasta (or at least the recipe as one of the first I ever posted), and if you haven’t – welcome to the pasta of your dreams or as multiple comments below state, “the best pasta I’ve ever had.”
I was reminded of how this was one of the “best pastas ever” as I was editing these new photos and the second I was done, I gave into the siren calls and immediately whipped this Bacon Ranch Chicken Pasta up for lunch. And I am going to be honest, it was amazing. And I am going to be doubly honest, I cheated. I didn’t add the chicken because I was super lazy but it was still incredible. So for a complete meal, totally add the chicken, for a lazier meal and more of a bacon ranch mac and cheese, skip the chicken – either way, if you love cheese, bacon, and ranch, you are going to LOVE this pasta.
I wanted to create a pasta that reminded me of the baked potatoes I grew up on piled high with cheese, broccoli, bacon and ranch— I can’t get tired of saying those ingredients together because then I think of those ingredients together—in my mouth!
Instead of potatoes here we have pasta – glorious pasta! (I love eating pasta but I also love making pasta because it is always so fast and easy!) and instead of melted cheese we have rich, creamy cheese sauce. The sauce is made with only one tablespoon of butter, and a little olive oil, which is just awesome considering this makes a whole pound of pasta! Season the pasta with ground mustard, ranch seasoning, basil and garlic and shallots for a cheesy flavor explosion of yum.
Add in the broccoli, red bell peppers, chicken that melts in your mouth with ranchy goodness, and then top with crispy bacon and we have ourselves truly something beautiful. And by beautiful, I mean “one of the best pastas I’ve ever had!” I hope you will be saying that soon too! xo
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