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Chicken-Bacon Ranch Baked Penne

Chicken-Bacon-Ranch Baked Penne

When the weather gets chilly, stay inside with your family and this beyond-comforting casserole. Our Doughboy-approved Chicken-Bacon-Ranch Baked Penne combines tender penne pasta with a handful of ingredients for an easy dinner that’s ready in under an hour.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound penne pasta, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 (15 ounce) jar Alfredo pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 6 slices chopped cooked bacon
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Chopped parsley, if desired

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or spray 13 x 9-inch pan.
  2. In large bowl, place drained penne pasta, ooked chicken, Alfredo pasta sauce and ranch dressing. Stir to combine. Pour mixture into pan; spread evenly.
  3. Sprinkle chopped cooked bacon evenly over top, then sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
  5. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
  6. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.

Prep 20 min | Total 45 min | Servings 6

Expert Tips:

That optional sprinkle of chopped parsley adds not only bright color but also a fresh taste—don’t skimp on the amount you use.

No leftover chicken? Buy a rotisserie chicken—a 2 pound bird will give you about 3 cups of meat.

Use Cheddar cheese instead of mozzarella for a more cheesy flavor.

Other short pastas, like fusilli or rotini, work equally well, making the casserole easy to scoop up to serve.

Nutrition Information - Serving Size: 1 Serving: Calories 880 Calories from Fat 420 Total Fat 46g 71% Saturated Fat 22g 108% Trans Fat 1 1/2g Cholesterol 150mg 49% Sodium 1200mg 50% Potassium 350mg 10% Total Carbohydrate 74g 25% Dietary Fiber 4g 15% Sugars 4g Protein 41g

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 25% Vitamin C 0% Calcium 40% Iron 20%

Exchanges: 4 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 2 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 7 Fat

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

By Holly Lofthouse

Recipe and photo credit (used with permission): Pillsbury




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