A one-dish meal of your favorite meatballs (mine are Kirkland Signature® from Costco®). Creamy mushrooms, ranch sauce with vegetables, and pasta make this great comfort food.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain.

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  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir bacon in skillet until crispy, about 10 minutes. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towel to drain.

  • Cook meatballs in the bacon drippings in the skillet until browned, about 2 minutes per side; remove with a slotted spoon to a bowl.

  • Stir flour and ranch mix into the retained drippings; cook and stir until the mixture is smooth. Slowly stream milk into the skillet while stirring; continue stirring and bring to a boil. Whisk cream of mushroom soup and ricotta cheese into the milk mixture; add meatballs, asparagus, and mushrooms. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the asparagus is tender, 7 to 10 minutes.

  • Stir bacon into the sauce; season with red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper. Garnish sauce with Parmesan cheese and parsley; serve over cooked pasta.

Cook's Notes:

Substitute frozen peas, broccoli, or mixed vegetables for asparagus. Or, you can use 1 cup frozen chopped spinach, cooked and drained, reserving the drained water to thin the sauce as needed.

Pasta can be egg noodles (such as No Yolks(R)), tube-type, ravioli, or tortellini.

Nutrition Facts

480 calories; protein 25g 50% DV; carbohydrates 61.2g 20% DV; fat 15.1g 23% DV; cholesterol 64.3mg 21% DV; sodium 781mg 31% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2014
Very good! I only used peas no asparagus or mushrooms and my husband couldn't eat it fast enough! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/13/2016
It was ok. I was hoping for more flavor especially since it had the ranch dressing in it. I couldn't taste it at all. It was also a little too thick. If you make this add more milk. Read More
9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2014
Very good! I only used peas no asparagus or mushrooms and my husband couldn't eat it fast enough! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/03/2015
This turned out pretty well. DH wants me to make it again some time. I used only peas. DH doesn't like mushrooms so I left those out and used cream of celery soup instead. When making the sauce I ended up adding another 1/2 c of milk because it was so thick. I didn't use the optional ricotta because I didn't have any. My sauce was a bit too salty for me with all the ingredients and I think the ricotta would have helped mellow it. I ended up adding some sour cream and that helped with the saltiness. I doubled the bacon (removing half the drippings) and used about 14 meatballs. Overall nice recipe that is easily tweaked to your preferences. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2017
This was tasty! I didnt have bacon or asparagus and I also added sour cream but otherwise I followed the recipe and my husband and I enjoyed it greatly! Its a different kind of recipe from anything else Ive ever tasted - a nice change from the usual flavors! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/01/2017
kids liked it used peas instead of asparagus and sliced baby bellas (8 oz package) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/02/2020
I omitted the bacon, used cream and a little 2% milk because I didn’t have whole milk. Did not need salt because the ranch powder was salty. Everyone loved it! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
04/13/2016
It was ok. I was hoping for more flavor especially since it had the ranch dressing in it. I couldn't taste it at all. It was also a little too thick. If you make this add more milk. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2016
I made this as a meatball dish rather than as a meal so I didn't make the pasta or add the asparagus or mushrooms. After reading several reviews I decided to use skim milk rather than whole milk. I doubled some of the "gravy" recipe and used one can of cream of mushroom and one can of cream of celery - I also added a few dollops of sour cream. I also tripled the amount of bacon and ranch seasoning. Everyone loved it and even used the extra gravy over their mashed potatoes. Definitely a keeper! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2016
Matched it with a good red wine. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/05/2016
I made this to the letter and found it lacking just a little flavor. When I added salt and a touch of balsamic vinegar to it on my plate it was pretty tasty. I will make this again. Read More