The Best Homemade from Scratch Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

This recipe for Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta is a family favorite! From the first time finding this recipe and reading, “Bacon”, I was hooked. I mean, who doesn’t like bacon with cheese!? As a result, to this recipes deliciousness, there was a point that we ate this monthly.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta plated with cooked zucchini

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Published January 22, 2021
Updated March 2, 2022
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Deciding what to have for dinner

There comes a point in cooking when I am able to memorize a recipe. This delicious amazingness is burned into my brain for all the best reasons, and I could make it in my sleep. I literally had dreams about this dinner last night before I was writing this post. I don’t know if it is just because the steps are easy, or it is so yummy, or because I found a recipe that my whole family loves… But I really love making this dish!

Do you have a go-to, when you do not know what else to make for dinner and everyone says “CBRP” at the same time?
My boys love to nibble the cooked chicken, swipe chunks of bacon, and then sneak handfuls of freshly shredded cheese. Elliana is a sucker for pasta! She would be perfectly fine eating plain noodles to her hearts content, cheese too. Little miss loves cheese.

Elliana looking at camera cute leaning on countertop
Cutest cheese poacher ever!

I pull out an 8-ounce block of extra sharp cheddar and the cheese grater and this little miss then decides to climb up for handouts. Please don’t judge the gross walls behind her. Oh my gosh I cannot wait to paint! Oh, these greige walls are the worst!! The nail holes have been patched for over a year and we have not had the heart to commit to a color yet. I have been leaning towards a pale sage green with a light creamy white hoping it will tone down the turned orange 1990’s golden oak.
If you have any paint color ideas, please leave me a comment with your choices! I wish stores still handed out those color pallet flippy things, you know the ones with the 1,000 color chips?! Oh my gosh I would LOVE to get my hands on one! I would be like Lorelai telling the people of Stars Hallow how to paint their stuff. But unlike Lorelai, I LOVE to cook!

Cost Breakdown to Make this Recipe

Chicken $6.00
Bacon $3.75
Ranch 1/3 cup $0.50
Milk 2 cup $0.50 at most
Flour 1/4 cup Pennies as I buy in bulk
Garlic/Onion powders Pennies as I buy in bulk
1/4 cup butter $0.58
Penne $0.75
Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese $1.69
Total cost= $13.77
That is a whopping $2.29 a person.

I LOVE finding meals that feed our family of 6 for under $15.00.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Recipe

Ingredients

4 Chicken Breast
1 10-ounce package Penne
8 ounces Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 package Bacon
1/3 Cup Ranch Dressing
1/4 Cup Butter, unsalted
1/4 Cup Flour
2 Cups Milk
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Onion Powder

all ingredients on countertop for Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta and Elliana looking at cheese block

Pro-Tip: Use block cheese and shred it for this recipe as pre-shredded has an added powder to help it to not stick and will make the sauce not creamy but grainy. Shredding the cheddar cheese is easy with a box grater or food processor with the shredder attachment inserted.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Directions

1. Fill a 6 quart pan with water and then cook the Penne pasta for 10-12 minutes. Drain in a sink colander.

2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and then line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick spray, then set aside.
3. Place the bacon slices on the aluminum foil and cook until browned, around 5-7 minutes. Keep an eye on it so you don’t have burned bacon! Adjust cooking time depending on your oven.
Sorry for no raw bacon images… I do not find raw bacon very appealing or appetizing to look at.
4.
When the bacon is done, remove the pan from the oven and use a fork to place the cooked bacon on a paper towel lined plate to soak up any fat. Let it cool before cutting. Then turn down oven temperature to 350 degrees.

5. Spray a 9 X 13 baking pan with non-stick spray and then set aside.
6. Put the cooked and drained pasta in the prepared pan.

cooked pasta in pan with shredded cheese and bacon and sauce on countertop

Cooking Chicken to Perfection

7. Heat up a pan to medium-high and then cook the chicken. If desired, sprinkle ranch seasoning on the chicken before cooking. Doing so levels the chicken flavor up from basic chef to pro! When chicken is cooked, at an internal temperature of 165 degrees, remove it from the pan and let sit for a few minutes before cutting. This pan is the greatest for cooking chicken, and additionally gives the chicken this beautiful grilled look.
How I cook chicken to perfection, is to place a ribbed pan on medium-high heat and flip it when the edges are just starting to turn white. Keep the pan on the hot burner, then turn off the heat, cover the pan with aluminum foil and set a timer for ten minutes. The chicken will be fully cooked and juicy when the time is up!

chicken cooking in pan for Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta
I love using this pan, it gives chicken such a neat grilled look!

Make the Ranch Sauce

8. In a saucepan, melt 1/4 cup butter and then add 1/4 cup flour. Stir with a whisk until all of the butter is mixed into the flour. Make sure to cook the flour in the butter for 1-2 minutes. There are a lot of reasons to not eat raw flour: bugs and bacteria are the main reasons.

9. Slowly pour the milk into the roux and whisk until blended and smooth.

adding milk to cheese sauce recipe in pan
Pour slowly to not make a mess.

10. Add 1/3 cup ranch to the roux and then whisk to mix.

ranch adding to cheese sauce for Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

11. Remove the pan from the heat and then add 1/3 of the shredded cheese and stir to combine. When combined, add the next 1/3 cheese and mix well. Finally, leave 1/3 of the cheese for topping the Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta before baking in the oven.

cheddar cheese sauce for Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

12. Add the garlic and onion powders to the sauce and stir until combined.

shredded cheddar and garlic powder in pan with roux

Assemble, then bake the Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

13. Pour the cheese sauce over the penne in the baking pan and then gently stir with a spatula to combine.

Penne pasta in pan covered in ranch dressing

14. Slice the chicken in 1-inch strips and then place it on top of the penne in the pan.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta ingredients to be assembled

15. Slice the cooled bacon into 1–2-inch pieces and then place on top of the chicken and penne.

cooked bacon cut into chunks on glass plate
It is a miracle that any bacon is left for the meal!

16. Sprinkle the top of the Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta with the remaining 1/3 cheese.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta topped with cheese

17. Finally, bake the Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
18. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta cooked and cooling on countertop

This pasta is the most delicious, creamiest, and yummiest bake dish! Typically, we have a third to half a pan left over and Tyler can have leftovers for lunch the next day. Last night he was able to have two scoops for his lunch. Samuel ate three servings while Matthew ate two, and even Elliana had two scoops of pasta! Pretty soon I am going to have to double every meal. Oh my gosh that scares me as we already spend $170 a week on our grocery budget.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Recipe

Ingredients

4 Chicken Breast
1 10-ounce package Penne
8 ounces Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 package Bacon
1/3 Cup Ranch
1/4 Cup Butter
1/4 Cup Flour
2 Cups Milk
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
Pro-Tip: Use block cheese and shred it for this sauce. Pre-shredded has an added powder to not stick and will make the sauce not creamy and grainy.

Directions

1. Fill a 6 quart pan with water and then cook pasta for 10-12 minutes. Drain when done in a sink colander.
2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and then line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick spray.
3. Place the bacon on the aluminum foil and cook until browned, around 5-7 minutes. Keep an eye on it so you don’t have burned bacon!  Adjust cooking time depending on your oven.
4. When bacon is done, remove from the oven and use a fork to place the cooked bacon on a paper towel lined plate to soak up any fat. Let it cool before cutting, then turn down the oven temperature to 350 degrees.
5. Spray a 9 X 13 baking pan with non-stick spray and then set aside.
6. Put cooked and drained pasta in the sprayed pan.
7. Heat up a pan and then cook the chicken. If desired, sprinkle ranch seasoning on the chicken before cooking. This levels the flavor up! When chicken is cooked, remove it from the pan and let sit for a few minutes before cutting.
8. In a saucepan, melt 1/4 cup butter and then add 1/4 cup flour. Stir with a whisk until all of the butter is mixed into the flour, making sure to cook the flour in the butter for 1-2 minutes.
9. Slowly pour the milk into the flour mixture and whisk until blended and smooth.
10. Add 1/3 cup ranch to the milk and then mix well.
11. Add the garlic and onion powders to the milk and stir until combined.
12. Remove the pan from the heat and then add 1/3 of the shredded cheese and stir to combine. Finish the sauce by adding the next 1/3 cheese. Leave 1/3 of the cheese for topping for the Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta.
13. Pour the cheese sauce over the penne in the baking pan and then gently stir with a spatula to combine.
14. Slice the chicken in 1-inch strips and then place it on top of the penne.
15. Slice the cooled bacon into 1–2-inch pieces and then place on top of the chicken and penne.
16. Sprinkle the tops of the bacon and chicken with the remaining 1/3 cheese.
17. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
18. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Enjoy!
~Monica

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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