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Crack {Chicken, Bacon, Ranch} Pasta

posted by Julie Evink on February 18, 2013

Crack Pasta ~ Creamy pasta stuffed full of chicken, bacon and ranch! #recipe #pasta

Another month has went by again and it’s time for the Secret Recipe Club reveal day! This month I was assigned Mommy’s Menu. She’s the mom of seven children. WOW. She’s my hero! Plus she finds time to blog. I don’t know how she does it!

When I saw this recipe that included chicken, bacon and ranch PLUS pasta I knew I was a goner. I loving refer to this combo as “Crack”. It’s my crack in life! It was a super simple dish to throw together. I’m sure in Toni’s life that’s a must just like most of the rest of consider this a must!

If you are looking for a few more “Crack” inspired recipes make sure to check out these recipes; Crack Dip, Chicken Bacon Ranch Bubble Biscuits, and Chicken Bacon Ranch Taquitos.

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Crack {Chicken, Bacon, Ranch} Pasta

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4

Crack {Chicken, Bacon, Ranch} Pasta


  • 1/2 c. Real Bacon Bits
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked & shredded
  • 2 Tbs. dry ranch salad dressing mix
  • 2 Tbsp Flour
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 4 cups dried medium noodles
  • 1 Tbs. finely shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Boil chicken in water for 20 minutes. Drain. Shred in stand mixer or with two forks. Put back in saucepan. Add bacon bits, flour and ranch dressing. Stir well to coat chicken. Stir in milk, cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook 1 minute more.
  3. Serve over noodles & sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

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  • Our Eating Habits

    Looks very yummy!

  • Debbi Does Dinner Healthy

    Yea, bacon and ranch are just made to be together. This sauce sounds amazing!! I want to make it over a baked potato for a gluten free option!!

    • Julie

      That is such a great idea!

  • Melissa

    Delicious! This looks like my kind of recipe! Great SRC choice!

  • Nikki P

    How much flour? =0)

  • Jamie @ Cookin' with Moxie

    I love the Crack recipes too! Come to think of it, do you think there are Pinterest boards I can follow with strictly Crack recipes? This pasta looks great! Although every pasta dish seems to appeal to the Italian in me!

    • Julie

      If you find that Pinterest board you better tell me too!

  • Toni

    Oooh, this one is a favorite of my kiddos. It is such a great flavor combination, we never get tired of it. I’m so glad you liked it.

    • Julie

      Thanks for the great recipe Toni!

  • Jen @JuanitasCocina

    I make crack dip with these ingredients, so I can just imagine how divine this tastes! YUM!

    • Julie

      Mmmmm I LOVE Crack Dip!

  • Kirstin

    YUM! sounds good with all those ingredients. I’m a fellow member, group D

  • Jamie @ Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

    Looks easy and delish, just my kind of recipe!

    • Julie

      Thanks Jamie!

  • heather

    I love all those flavors, and together I bet they are pretty amazing. Great SRC choice this month.

    • Julie

      Thanks Heather!

  • Veronica

    I think it was Plain Chicken that opened my eyes to the world of crack food (those foods containing bacon, cheddar, and ranch-lol). While that may not be my own brand of crack, this does sound really good, and I love your photo!

    • Julie

      Oh yes I think she has the crack dip doesn’t she? It’s fab!

      • Veronica

        Yup, and crack everything! lol

  • Teri @ The Freshman Cook

    Looks delish! What a great choice!

    • Julie

      Thanks Teri!

  • Rhonda

    I see why that pasta is like crack…every bit of it is fabulous.

    • Julie

      Thanks Rhonda!

  • Karen

    What is it that is so magical about the Ranch seasoning combo? This pasta looks soo good! (And I cannot imagine having time to make it with 7 kids, I have a hard enough time taking care of myself!)

  • Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet}

    Looks delicious! Great SRC choice!

  • SeattleDee

    This could be the recipe that sends me to the store to buy ranch dressing nix.

    • Julie

      Just do it :)

  • Elizabeth

    This looks so yummy. I’d like to invite you to participate in my blog’s round up called Pantry Party! This month’s theme is pasta and this dish would suit it perfectly! Enter this dish or another, we’d love to have you!

  • Karyn - Pint Sized Baker

    That should keep my family coming back for more! Thanks for sharing at Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker! Hope to see you there again on Monday night!

  • Crystal @TwoChicsAndABlog

    I am definitely going to try this recipe this week.I love that you referred to it as “crack”. We have a locally owned diner in my town that makes their own ranch dressing. Anything that I order when I go there I always get ranch to dip it in. My friend and I call it “crack ranch”!

    • Julie

      Oh you can’t beat an amazing homemade ranch dressing! That’s why I love little local restaurants!

  • margo

    Oh my goodness, this looks amazing!

    • Julie

      It is pretty earth shattering :)

  • Janet

    How much water is in that saucepan that yu cooked the chicken in? Think that would affect how much flour to use?

    • Julie

      Just cover the chicken with water. You drain the water before you shred the chicken so it doesn’t matter how much you use!

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