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Monday, July 9, 2012

Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta



It struck me as I was cooking this for dinner, I don't remember the last time I made a skillet meal. When we were first married, we pretty much lived off of Hamburger/Tuna/Chicken Helper, tacos, and sloppy joes (from the Manwich can). Thank the Lord (and I'm sure Paul does, too) I've come a long way from that!

This Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta is just that, a really tasty skillet meal that takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. This made fantastic leftovers the next day. You've gotta try it!




Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta

adapted from Cassie Craves

4-6 slices precooked bacon

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons flour
1 packet ranch dressing mix
2 cups milk
1 cup cheddar cheese
1/2 box (8 oz) rigatoni
dried parsley (for garnish)


Cook rigatoni in a large stock pot, drain and set aside. Heat olive oil over medium heat in large skillet. Add chicken pieces and cook until browned on all sides and no longer pink inside. Add flour, ranch mix, and then milk to the skillet. Stir until fully combined and there are no more lumps. Crumble the bacon slices over the sauce. Continue to cook stirring occasionally until mixture has thickened and bacon is heated through. Add cheddar cheese and stir until completely melted. Pour chicken mixture over rigatoni in pot and stir to coat evenly. Sprinkle with parsley to make your husband and kids think they're in Applebee's. :) Serve immediately.




You won't believe how good this tastes in under 30 minutes!

Here are some more of my favorite stove-top dinners:














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15 comments:

  1. I grew up with hamburger helper and I can't eat that now! But this I could eat and I think it's a meal my whole family would truly enjoy! I'm going to pin this one!

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  2. This looks and sounds great! Am I missing something or did you not add the bacon? I'd be fine leaving it out since it would make it less expensive. :) But I am just wondering if it was still good.

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    1. LOL I updated the recipe, Lydia - thank you! That's what I get for writing a blog post with a toddler crying next to me. :)

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    2. Hey, I totally know the feeling. :)

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  3. Oh that looks good! As soon as it cools enough to make pasta again, this is making an appearance at my house.

    ~Michelle @ My Life Through Food

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  4. Oh Man- that looks GRUB!!! I pinned that bad boy! Thank you for sharing!! OK-- and I am so excited you are joining in the Get your Chef On Cooking Challenge!!! YEAH!!!
    -Jen

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  5. I would love it, if you would share this, & any other recipes you may have, on my recipe link up. http://goodrecipesonline.com/organized-linkup-for-all-your-recipes-goodrecipesonline-com/.

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  6. I think I actually have all of these ingredients right now, including a pkg of chicken I had no idea what to do with. Pinning now! Would love for you to link up at my Pin It Thursday party-- http://www.sweetbellaroos.com/2012/07/12/pin-it-thursday2/

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  7. This looks delicious! I can't wait to make it :)

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  8. Sounds great...thank you for sharing on Trick or Treat Tuesday!!!

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  9. I made this tonight and the whole family liked it! I took the whole"long road" and cooked some beef bacon and it was yummy ! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I made this tonight and the whole family liked it! I took the whole"long road" and cooked some beef bacon and it was yummy ! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Sounds delicious! Im pinning to save! =)

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  12. Oh Kelly, this was so wonderful and perfect for my little girl. She absolutely devoured this! I had to post about it and I totally linked back to you because you deserve the credit for this scrumptious meal! Thank you for the flavorful recipe! Cheers!

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