I don't share a lot of my recipes on here unless it changes our lives and this recipe definitely has! Ha! I found this recipe off of pinterest about a year ago and we immediately fell in love with it. It's not the easiest recipe but it's definitely not hard. Dave loves it, I love it, it makes killer left-overs, and it's very filling. And it's a Weight Watchers meal!!
Cheddar Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta
1/2 lb penne pasta
4 slices of bacon, diced
1/2 Tbsp butter
1 large chicken breast
1 Tbsp flour
1/2 package dressing mix (1/2 oz)
1 cup milk (I use 1 1/2 cups for a runnier sauce)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper
Cook pasta in boiling salted water, drain, return to pot and keep warm.
Meanwhile cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Drain all but 1/2 tablespoon of bacon drippings from pan.
Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Add the butter to the reserved bacon drippings, then add chicken to the same skillet. Cook until tender, no longer pink and slightly browned.
Sprinkle the flour and ranch dressing mix over chicken and stir. Stir in the milk and cook until thickened and bubbly. Stir in the cheese and the bacon until cheese is melted.