One-Pot Cheesy Bacon Ranch Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli


My family would eat this every week. It's a great go-to easy one-pot meal that is complete and satisfying. And cleanup is a breeze!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 4 slices bacon

  • ¾ pound chicken breasts, diced

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 medium shallot, finely chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 4 cups elbow macaroni

  • 1 tablespoon ranch dressing mix

  • 3 cups broccoli florets

  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar cheese

  • ¼ cup sour cream


  1. Heat bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook, flipping occasionally until browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

  2. Sprinkle chicken evenly with salt and pepper; cook in hot bacon drippings over medium-high heat, stirring often, until chicken is golden brown on all sides, about 4 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside. Chicken will not be fully cooked at this point.

  3. Add shallot and garlic to drippings and cook, stirring often, until fragrant, 2 minutes. Stir in water and milk; use a wooden spoon to scrape any browned bits from bottom of the Dutch oven. Stir in pasta and ranch dressing mix. Bring to a boil and simmer for 6 minutes.

  4. Return chicken to the Dutch oven and add broccoli. Cook until pasta is tender and chicken is cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in Cheddar cheese and sour cream to combine. Crumble cooked bacon over the top and serve hot.

    One-Pot Cheesy Bacon Ranch Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli

Cook's Notes:

Any type of short pasta will work in this dish, such as bow-ties, penne, or cavatappi.

Switch out chicken for rotisserie chicken to shorten the cook time even more!

You can easily adapt this to be vegetarian dish, and can also add veggies such as green beans or spinach.

Substitute 2 cups stock for the water if preferred.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

570 Calories
21g Fat
60g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 570
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 26%
Saturated Fat 11g 56%
Cholesterol 83mg 28%
Sodium 680mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 42mg 210%
Calcium 375mg 29%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 553mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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