This quick and easy dinner idea is great for all year round. Cheesy chicken bacon ranch casserole is full of pasta and even kids love it!
8OuncesSmall Shells Pasta
1CupHeavy Cream *see note
1/4CupChipotle Lime Ranchor any flavor
2CupsCooked and Shredded Chicken
Salt and Pepper
3Sliced Baconcooked and chopped
Parsley for garnish
For the Pan
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Heat a small pot over medium heat. Add the butter and whisk in the garlic. Cook for about 30 seconds, or until fragrant and whisk in the flour. Continue whisking the mixture for 30-60 seconds to cook out the flour.
While continuing to whisk, pour in the heavy cream.
Add the ranch and season with salt, about 1/2 teaspoon, or to taste.
Cook until the sauce begins to simmer and thicken, about 2-5 minutes. If it's not simmering and thickening just turn up the heat a little until it does. Do not boil or scorch.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions.
Remove sauce from the heat.
Drain the pasta.
Mix the two cheeses together.
In a casserole dish or 9x13" pan, rub the butter and clove of garlic everywhere. Add half the pasta and top with half of the chicken. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.
Pour half of the sauce over the top and sprinkle with half of the cheeses.
Repeat with the last half of the ingredients and top with bacon at the end.
Bake for 20 minutes or until hot and the cheeses are melted.
Remove from the oven, sprinkle with parsley and serve!
Any milk, half and half or combination can be used instead of cream.
Cheesy Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 504Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 20g125%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 14g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: 60+ Family Friendly Easy Casserole Recipes
Keyword: bacon, casserole, chicken, main dish, pasta, ranch