Chicken Bacon Ranch


8 ounces penne pasta 6 slices bacon  1 small onion 4 cloves garlic 8 ounces cream cheese 2 cups milk  1 ounce ranch seasoning mix 3 cups diced cooked chicken 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 9×13 inch casserole dish with nonstick spray and set it aside.

Prepare pasta according to package directions. When it is done cooking al dente, drain off pasta water.

In a large skillet cook the bacon over medium heat, stirring often until crispy, about 8 minutes. Remove the bacon from the pan using a slotted spoon. Set aside, leaving drippings in the pan.

Add the chopped onion to the pan, cook, stirring often, until slightly softened, about 5 minutes. During the last minute of cooking add diced garlic to the pan and cook with onion.

Whisk the cubed cream cheese, milk, ranch seasoning mix and Parmesan cheese into the skillet. Whisk until smooth, remove from heat.

In a large bowl, stir together the ranch sauce, cooked pasta, and chicken.

Pour into the prepared 13×9 inch casserole dish. Sprinkle evenly with the bacon and top with Mozzarella cheese.

Place in a preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until heated through and the cheese is melted.

Remove from the oven, let cool for 5 minutes and serve. Garnish with sliced green onion if desired.