Chicken and Bacon Ranch Alfredo by Kitchen Dreaming
Chicken and Bacon Ranch Alfredo
Believe it or not, this is a meal made mostly of leftovers. It really is possible to transform ingredients you have laying around into a yummy new meal your family will love. This Chicken and Bacon Ranch Alfredo really hit all our favorite flavor notes, I simply added a few fresh ingredients to some leftover rotisserie chicken, bacon and a leftover package of shredded cheese and this dish was born.
s I took my first few bites, I looked over at my son only to realize he was nearly finished his whole dish of pasta. I asked him "So, I guess this is a dish you'd eat again?" and his only reaction was to chuckle at me. My daughter, who ate hers without the chicken or bacon, loved her new "Ranch Mac n Cheese." My husband and I were also believers and this is a dish I will definitely add to my pasta rotation. If you've never made alfredo before, it's super easy and comes together in the matter of a couple of minutes. Making it fresh is, in my opinion, far superior to anything I've ever tasted from a jar. In fact, I always thought I didn't like Alfredo sauce because of its less-than-tasty, jared, cousin but since I first made it from scratch, I was forever converted to the ways of alfredo. 

I didn't serve this on fettuccine, as is traditional,  but you do need a pretty substantial pasta to hold up to this full bodied sauce. We used a ridged macaroni noodle which we felt added to the dish making it even more of comfort food but you can, of course, use your favorite pasta. Enjoy.  

Ingredients: 

16 oz thick cut macaroni pasta, fetticune or your favorite pasta
2 cups cooked and chopped chicken
6 slices cooked and crumbled bacon
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups heavy cream or milk
2 1/2 tbsp powdered ranch dressing or 1 packet of powdered ranch dressing
3/4 cup shredded cheese blend

Directions: 

Cook pasta per the package instructions and drain. 

For the sauce: 

Melt butter in saucepan, add flour and stir to combine. Once you have your roux, add heavy cream or milk stirring constantly until sauce thickens. Remove from heat and stir ranch dressing until well combined. Add cheese and stir until melted and well combined. 

Plating: 

I plated this by putting pasta into the bottom of a bowl, topping with the desired amount of Ranch Alfredo sauce, and then layering on the warm chicken, bacon crumbles and chopped parsley to garnish. You can also combine all these together and make a casserole of sorts and serve family style. 

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10/26/2013 1:26am

I love how resourceful this is in that you used leftovers to create it! Nice job and looks wonderful!

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10/26/2013 1:32am

Thank you Ashley. It was super quick and easy and my kids just loved it. Since the components are separate until the end, you really can garnish to everyone's individual tastes which is always a winner in my house especially among the kids.

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10/30/2013 11:29am

Could u add veggies to this dish....Cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, etc....?

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Ronda
10/30/2013 1:58pm

Absolutely. We had ours on the side but I can see adding your veggies to this. Enjoy!

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