Question by Amber: Help with pinterest bacon ranch pasta recipe?
So like most people now, I use pinterest to help with new meals in our recipe book and one that my family loves is the bacon ranch pasta. The recipe is simple and I follow it to a T. But I ALWAYS end up with the cheese,chicken and bacon clumping into a ball and not sticking to the pasta. Only one site I have found with the actual recipe, has comments and a few people have this problem and they say melt the cheese and milk together then add it to the pasta. But once it sits it seperated again. It’s frustrating because my husband loves the dish but always jokes about how we are having ranch and bacon cheese balls with a side of pasta. Can anyone help? The recipe calls for a pack of dry ranch, some milk, pasta, bacon, chicken and shredded cheese. Alot of people use the pre shredded cheese and I do to. Could that be the problem?
Answer by James
Prep Time: 20 Min
Cook Time: 20 Min
1/2 lb whole wheat penne pasta
4 slc bacon, diced
1/2 Tbsp light butter
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1 lg chicken breast, boneless & skinless, cut into bite sized pieces
1 Tbsp all purpose flour
1/2 pkg ranch dressing mix ( 1/2 oz)
1 c fat free milk
1/2 c fat free shredded cheddar cheese
salt & pepper to taste
Cook pasta according to package directions in boiling salted water; drain, return to pot, and keep warm.
Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Drain all but 1/2 tablespoon of bacon drippings from the pan.
Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Add the butter to the reserved bacon drippings, then add the chicken to the same skillet. Cook until tender, no longer pink, and slightly browned.
Sprinkle the flour and ranch dressing mix over the chicken, stirring to coat evenly. Stir in the milk, and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened and bubbly. Stir in the cheddar cheese and half of the reserved bacon; cook and stir until the cheese is melted. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed.
Serve each plate of pasta with more bacon sprinkled over the top.
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