- 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.