This dish combines the flavor of ranch seasoning and salad dressing mix with the creamy goodness of Alfredo in a chicken and pasta dish. Bacon is added for a salty crunch, and broccoli is added to make the dish a complete meal. Add a green salad and some crusty bread for a well-rounded plate.


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10 mins
1 hr
1 hr 10 mins
1 9x13-inch casserole


Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Place broccoli and water in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave on high until steamed and tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove and drain excess liquid; set aside.

  • While broccoli is steaming, place 1 tablespoon ranch dressing mix in a large resealable plastic bag. Add chicken and pepper, seal the bag, and massage to coat chicken with seasonings.

  • Pour chicken broth into a large pot and bring a boil over medium-high heat. Add shells and return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally until pasta is nearly done, about 10 minutes. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of cooking broth.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch casserole dish.

  • Heat butter and olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken to the hot skillet, working in batches if necessary, and cook until browned on all sides, about 7 minutes. Remove chicken to a plate.

  • Add milk, Alfredo sauce mix, and remaining 2 tablespoons ranch dressing mix to the hot skillet; bring to a boil. Turn off the heat, add chicken and any accumulated juices, pasta, broccoli, sour cream, reserved 1/2 cup pasta cooking broth, salt, and pepper. Transfer mixture to the prepared casserole dish and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bacon.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly, about 20 minutes. Serve warm.

Cook's Note:

Use bow ties, or rotini instead of shell pasta, if you like.

Nutrition Facts

457 calories; protein 35.7g; carbohydrates 42.4g; fat 15.6g; cholesterol 86.2mg; sodium 1388.8mg. Full Nutrition