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Chicken bacon ranch pasta BBQ wings garlic breadstick


There are no thickening agents in this recipe, like flour or cornstarch.

Instead, you’ll be using the starches released from your cooking pasta to help thicken your sauce naturally. If the ingredients are measured exactly, you’ll have just enough liquid to cook your pasta and create a sauce.

If your sauce looks thin, remove the finished dish from the heat and allow it to set, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Your sauce will continue to thicken as it stands.


If you’ve never made a homemade pasta skillet before, here are a few of my favorite tips for success:

  • Is your food sticking to the pan? Add a bit of liquid and turn the heat down – your stove is too hot. Stoves all run at slightly different temperatures, even if they’re turned to the same setting.
  • Sauce look thin? If your sauce looks thin when you’re done cooking, allow the pan to sit for 5 minutes, uncovered. The pasta will continue to absorb liquid as it stands.
  • It is important to properly measure your liquids and pasta for this recipe. Everything is cooked in a single pan, so you’ll need an exact amount of liquid to cook your pasta. Improper measuring can lead to a runny sauce.
  • Use freshly shredded cheese (cheese grated from a block) instead of pre-shredded cheese in a bag. Pre-shredded cheeses are coated in anti-clumping powder that makes your sauce grainy as it melts.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

It only takes thirty minutes and a single sauté pan to make this Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta. Chicken, bacon, and penne pasta are coated in a creamy cheese sauce with tangy ranch seasoning.


6 slices bacon chopped
16 ounces boneless, skinless, chicken breasts cubed
20 ounces water
8 ounces penne pasta uncooked
1 tablespoon ranch seasoning
4 ounces heavy cream
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese freshly grated
1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped


In a sauté pan over medium heat, add chopped bacon and cook until crispy. Remove from pan and set aside. Drain all but 2 tablespoons of bacon grease. If needed, add olive oil to equal 2 tablespoons of total oil/grease in your pan.
Add cubed chicken and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes, or until cooked through. Remove from pan, set aside, and cover to keep warm.
Add water, penne pasta, and ranch seasoning to pan. Bring to a simmer, cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook to al dente according to pasta’s package directions. Most of the liquid should be absorbed.
Add cooked chicken, bacon, heavy cream, and shredded cheese to pan. Stir until cheese has melted. Remove from heat and allow to set for 5 minutes, or until sauce has thickened.




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Laura J. Boss

Meet Laura J. Boss, a passionate blogger and cooking enthusiast who loves to experiment with different recipes and cuisines from around the world. Born and raised in a small town, I grew up watching my mother cook and developed a keen interest in the art of cooking from an early age.After completing my education, I decided to pursue my passion for cooking and started my own food blog. My blog features a wide range of recipes, from traditional family favorites to fusion dishes that I have created myself. My blog has gained a huge following, with many of my readers trying out my recipes and sharing their own cooking experiences.When I am not cooking up a storm in the kitchen, I enjoy traveling and exploring new cultures. I believe that food is an important part of every culture, and love to learn about new ingredients and cooking techniques from around the world.Through my blog, I aim to inspire and encourage others to cook and experiment with different flavors and ingredients. I believe that cooking is not just about making delicious meals, but also about sharing love and creating memories with family and friends.Whether you are a beginner or an experienced cook, my blog has something for everyone. So why not give my recipes a try and discover the joy of cooking for yourself?