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A 10-minute crowd-pleaser, this Dump-and-Bake Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta is an easy dinner recipe for your busiest weeknights — and you don’t even have to boil the pasta!

Front view of a close shot of Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta in a bowl

With practically no effort at all (and only a handful of very simple ingredients), you can serve your family a homemade baked pasta dinner that’s warm, cheesy, and oozing with creamy goodness.

Add a fresh green salad or a spoonful of roasted broccoli and you’ve got a quick meal that the kids will actually eat! It’s perfect for those days when you just don’t have the time or energy to slave over the stove. Heck, you don’t even have to cook the pasta before it goes into the oven!

Overhead shot of chicken bacon ranch pasta in a Blue Willow dish

How to Make Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta:

First, you’ll need Alfredo sauce, chicken broth and a packet of dry Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning mix.

Alfredo sauce chicken broth and ranch seasoning for Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

Whisk together these three ingredients in your baking dish or in a separate bowl until smooth.

Sauce for chicken bacon ranch pasta in a glass mixing bowl with whisk

Next, stir in the remaining ingredients. You’ll need:

  • Cooked, diced chicken (I used Perdue ShortCuts here, but you can use leftovers from another meal or a store-bought rotisserie chicken);
  • A box of uncooked rotini pasta;
  • Fully cooked bacon (you can pre-cook your own bacon or you can buy a package of cooked bacon for a shortcut);
  • Minced garlic (mince your own fresh garlic or buy a bottle of minced fresh garlic for a shortcut).
Packages of cooked chicken, cooked bacon, dry pasta and minced garlic for Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

Toss the chicken, bacon, garlic and uncooked pasta with the creamy sauce and your job is practically DONE!

Raw ingredients for chicken bacon ranch pasta in a glass mixing bowl with wooden spoon

Bake the casserole, covered, in a 375 degree F oven for 35 minutes. Then remove the cover, give the pasta a stir, and sprinkle the top with shredded cheese.

Package of shredded mozzarella cheese

Pop the dish back in the oven (uncovered) for about 5-10 more minutes, or until the pasta is tender and the cheese is melted.

Overhead shot of chicken bacon ranch pasta in baking dish garnished with parsley

I like to allow the casserole to rest for about 5 minutes, which gives the sauce a chance to thicken even more. Garnish the pasta with fresh parsley and serve!

Bowl of chicken bacon ranch pasta with a fork and baking dish in background

Can Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta be made ahead?

Yes, you can assemble this casserole up to 8 hours in advance. Keep it covered in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake. If you’re baking it from the refrigerator, allow the dish to sit on the counter and come to room temperature (or add a few extra minutes to the suggested baking time).

Can I freeze Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta?

I do not suggest freezing this casserole before or after baking. I worry that the texture of the pasta will be mushy when thawed, and there’s a chance that the creamy sauce will break.

Chicken bacon ranch pasta in a bowl with fresh parsley in the background

Can I reheat Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta:

Yes! If you have leftovers, you can reheat them (covered) in a 300 degree F oven just until warmed through. You can also reheat individual bowls of pasta (covered) in the microwave in about 1 minute.

What to serve with Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta:

Here are a few great sides that go well with the pasta:

Cook’s Tips and Recipe Variations:

  • If you don’t have rotini pasta, you can substitute with a similar short pasta that has a cooking time of 9-11 minutes called for on the box.
  • Make sure that you’re buying a large “family size” jar of Alfredo sauce, or purchase two regular-size jars. You need a total of 2.5 cups of Alfredo, so you could even make your own sauce from scratch if you prefer!
  • Stir some frozen peas into the casserole during the final few minutes of baking — just before adding the cheese (you don’t even need to thaw the peas first).
  • Make a Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta with Spinach by stirring a few handfuls of fresh spinach into the dish during the final few minutes of baking (just before adding the cheese). The spinach will wilt quickly!
  • Prepare Chicken Bacon Ranch Broccoli Pasta by stirring steamed broccoli florets into the casserole during the final few minutes of baking (just before adding the cheese).
  • Don’t have any cooked chicken on hand? You can use diced, raw chicken breast instead! Stir the raw meat into the casserole dish at the beginning of the cooking time (just like you would for the cooked chicken). Just make sure that you dice the raw chicken into very small bite-sized pieces so that the meat is done cooking at the same time as the pasta.
Long overhead shot of casserole dish and serving bowl of Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

Other easy chicken pasta recipes that you might enjoy:

Chicken bacon ranch pasta in a bowl with fresh parsley in the background

Dump-and-Bake Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

5 from 3 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Servings 6 – 8 people
Calories 373.6 kcal
A 10-minute crowd-pleaser, this Dump-and-Bake Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta is an easy dinner recipe for your busiest weeknights — and you don’t even have to boil the pasta!

Ingredients
  

  • 1 (21.5 oz) family-size jar of Alfredo sauce (about 2.5 cups)
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (1 oz) packet Ranch seasoning mix
  • 1 (16 oz) box uncooked rotini pasta (about 6 cups dry)
  • 9 ounces (about 1.75 – 2 cups) cooked, diced chicken
  • 6 slices cooked, chopped bacon
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella or Italian blend cheese
  • Optional garnish: grated Parmesan cheese; chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In the prepared baking dish (or in a separate bowl), whisk together Alfredo sauce, chicken broth and Ranch seasoning packet until completely combined.
  • Stir in the uncooked pasta, chicken, bacon, and garlic.
  • Cover the dish tightly with foil. Bake for 35 minutes.
  • Uncover; stir. At this point, the pasta should be al dente (firm but just about finished cooking). There will still be plenty of liquid in the dish, but don’t worry – this will thicken as the dish continues to bake and cool.
  • If the pasta is still too hard after 35 minutes, just cover the dish and return to the oven until pasta is al dente. Then move on to the next step.
  • Sprinkle mozzarella over top. Bake, uncovered, for 5-10 more minutes (or until cheese is melted and pasta is tender). Allow to rest for about 5-10 minutes before serving (the sauce will continue to thicken as it cools).
  • Garnish with grated Parmesan and fresh parsley, if desired.

Notes

  • If you don’t have rotini pasta, you can substitute with a similar short pasta that has a cooking time of 9-11 minutes called for on the box.
  • Make sure that you’re buying a large “family size” jar of Alfredo sauce, or purchase two regular-size jars. You need a total of 2.5 cups of Alfredo, so you could even make your own sauce from scratch if you prefer!
  • Stir some frozen peas into the casserole during the final few minutes of baking — just before adding the cheese (you don’t even need to thaw the peas first).
  • Make a Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta with Spinach by stirring a few handfuls of fresh spinach into the dish during the final few minutes of baking (just before adding the cheese). The spinach will wilt quickly!
  • Prepare Chicken Bacon Ranch Broccoli Pasta by stirring steamed broccoli florets into the casserole during the final few minutes of baking (just before adding the cheese).
  • Don’t have any cooked chicken on hand? You can use diced, raw chicken breast instead! Stir the raw meat into the casserole dish at the beginning of the cooking time (just like you would for the cooked chicken). Just make sure that you dice the raw chicken into very small bite-sized pieces so that the meat is done cooking at the same time as the pasta.
Can Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta be made ahead?
Yes, you can assemble this casserole up to 8 hours in advance. Keep it covered in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake. If you’re baking it from the refrigerator, allow the dish to sit on the counter and come to room temperature (or add a few extra minutes to the suggested baking time).
Can I freeze Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta?
I do not suggest freezing this casserole before or after baking. I worry that the texture of the pasta will be mushy when thawed, and there’s a chance that the creamy sauce will break.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/8 of the casseroleCalories: 373.6kcalCarbohydrates: 45.9gProtein: 21.6gFat: 10.9gSaturated Fat: 5.6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.8gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 850.2mgPotassium: 59.7mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3.3g
Keyword: Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta, Chicken Casserole Recipe, chicken pasta
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Author: Blair Lonergan
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  1. Jennifer says:

    Could this be made in a crockpot?

    1. Blair says:

      Hey, Jennifer! Yes, it probably could, but I haven’t tested it myself. If you’re using cooked chicken (as called for in the recipe), you won’t need to cook it for too long in the Crock Pot — maybe 1-2 hours on low, just to get everything warmed through. Then turn the slow cooker to HIGH and add the pasta at the end. Cover and cook until the pasta is tender (it probably won’t take long), so keep your eye on it closely because you don’t want the pasta to get overdone and gummy. Hope that helps, and enjoy!

  2. Rebecca says:

    5 stars
    Love it!!! Added raw bite size chicken peas and spinach mmmmm every body impressed, and i had a breeze dinner recipe for a busy weeknight dinner!! Thanks seasoned mom!!

    1. Blair says:

      Wonderful! Thanks, Rebecca! I’m so glad that it was a hit. 🙂

  3. Deborah Armstrong says:

    5 stars
    Delicious! Even my picky granddaughter loved it!!

    1. The Seasoned Mom says:

      We’re so happy to hear this, Deborah!

  4. Jan B. says:

    5 stars
    Love it! And it is so versatile. I used turkey instead of chicken and cut the recipe in half.

    1. The Seasoned Mom says:

      Thank you for the feedback, Jan! We’re so happy you were able to make it work for you.