Chicken and Bacon Ranch-Oh-Roni

Melissa Sperka


One evening, while eating dinner, my son asked if he could put ranch dressing on his macaroni and cheese. After a good laugh and a lengthy conversation about why that wouldn't be a very good idea, he finally relented. Not wanting to give up completely, he went on to ask if next time I made macaroni and cheese I could figure out a way to include ranch dressing in his. Honestly, the thought had never crossed my mind, but, after some creative thinking, I came up with this dish. He gave it two thumbs and a heads up! So, here you go....

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30 Min


40 Min


8 oz
uncooked elbow macaroni
3 c
chopped roasted chicken
2 c
shredded white cheddar cheese
strips of bacon cooked and crumbled
1 can(s)
cream of onion soup
2/3 c
peas, frozen petite
1 c
garlic pepper french fried onions [i used fresh gourmet]
8 oz
light sour cream
3/4 c
2% milk
1/2 c
each light melted margarine and mayonnaise
0.4 oz. pkg. buttermilk dressing mix
chopped green onions
black pepper to taste

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 7x11 inch dish with cooking spray. Set aside. Cook the elbow macaroni in salted water per the instructions on the package, until al dente. While the macaroni is cooking, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together the soup, melted margarine, sour cream, mayonnaise, milk and dressing mix. Season to taste with black pepper.
Chop the chicken then add it to the bowl, along with the frozen peas, chopped green onions and crumbled bacon.
When the pasta is ready, remove it from the heat and drain well. Add it to the ingredients in the mixing bowl and stir until everything is evenly coated. Lastly, add the cheese reserving one cup to sprinkle on top.
Pour into the baking dish, then sprinkle with the reserved shredded cheese and garlic pepper french fried onions. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until bubbly. Yield: 6-8 servings

Cook's note:
I always use Fresh Gourmet french fried onions in my recipes. In my grocery store, they are located in the Produce department.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken, Pasta
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids