Creamy Alfredo Dump & Bake Pasta

Confession time: I hate boiling pasta.

I know, I know. It’s such a basic cooking skill and such an odd thing to hate! But, I always feel like I’m wasting time hanging around waiting for the water to boil. It drives me nuts.

The kids have been super into pasta lately, so I’ve been playing with recipes that don’t require boiling the pasta ahead of time – and this dump and bake pasta was a clear winner.

There’s just enough liquid in this to perfectly cook the pasta and leave behind a creamy, cheesy sauce.

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Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken with BBQ Dipping Sauce

Disclaimer: I recieved free product in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

What is it about kids and dip? I swear, when my kids see dip on the dinner table, they go all starry-eyed. I’ve been making it more of a point to make dips to go with our meals – it always means more enthusiastic eating for us!

When we got a chance to try out Bar-B-Que Beast’s sauces, I knew I wanted to make a dip – and this came out perfect! The cream cheese was the perfect balance to the sauce sauce – and a nice foil to the smoky bacon on the chicken!

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Big Burger Roundup

Summer screams burger season to me. I love trying different variations – I have 29 on the blog, in fact! Today, I’m rounding them all up in one spot for easy browsing.

Whether you’re in the mood for something classic or something adventurous, a chicken burger or a veggie burger, this list will have something to make your mouth water!

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Cream Cheese Stuffed Everything Chicken

You know that everything-but-the-bagel seasoning that’s all the rage? I’d had it in my cabinet forever and finally broke it open one night when I was trying to throw together dinner last minute.

This chicken was the result, and the kids happily ate it and I patted myself on the back for a successful dinner and moved on.

The kids didn’t, though. They kept asking for it again. And again. And then one night, Jake asked, “Mom, don’t you want to blog this one?” So, here it is. If you like this one, you can thank Jake for kicking my butt into gear.

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Buffalo Chicken Salad Jars

How’s the lunch situation these days?

You’d think the fact that we’re all home with no real schedule would make lunch easier, but we’re finding that is so not the case. By the time lunch rolls around, I’m always scrambling and, of course, going out to grab something just isn’t an option right now.

To remedy the chaos, I’m trying to prep my lunches ahead. Salad jars are my favorite lunch prep – and these buffalo chicken ones are my current obsession.

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Chicken-Bacon-Ranch Carbonara + Incredible One-Pot Cooking Review

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Incredible One-Pot Cooking for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

I recently asked on Instagram what your biggest current dinner challenge is. One of the most common responses? Making interesting dinners that don’t involve a ton of cleanup.

Megan Marlowe’s new cookbook, Incredible One-Pot Cooking, totally nails this problem. Chock full of fun spins on traditional favs, this is cookbook your family will love – mine definitely does! – and I’m excited to share a preview with you today.

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Cheddar Ranch Chicken Thighs

These days, I perpetually feel like I’m out of time when dinner comes. It was bad before social distancing and now I feel like the kids are attached to me 24/7. What’s a cook to do?

Prep the quickest dinner possible, of course. These cheddar ranch chicken thighs are ready for the oven in under ten minutes – which is just about the amount of time I can distract the kids for.

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Pretzel Crusted Chicken in the Air Fryer

Do you have an air fryer? I was a hold out for so long – I just didn’t think it would be as amazing as everyone was saying. And then I got one.

Reader, I’m eating my words. I love it.

The ability to make food that tastes fried without actually having to bust out the oil is a game changer for me!

This pretzel-crusted chicken is a dream topped off with a cheddar-mustard sauce and chopped pickles.

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Chicken Alfredo Ravioli

Does anyone else feel like February went by at warp speed? I don’t know what happened, but I feel like I blinked and it was over. I feel like so many nights I was scrambling at dinner time – where did my day go?! – so quick and easy was definitely the name of the game.

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This easy casserole is just perfect for busy nights – and a really kid-pleaser.

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

Chicken + Bacon + Ranch + Pasta = My Kids’ Dream Meal.

For real though, this dish is a total crowd-pleaser. Pasta and chicken are covered in a creamy, ranch sauce and the whole thing is topped off with bacon and a generous helping of cheese. What’s not to love?

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If you’re looking for a quick weeknight meal, this is a great option.

It’s fast as it is, but there’s two ways to really speed this up. You can grab a rotisserie chicken, pre-cook the pasta, and opt for microwavable bacon. Those three elements will speed up prep considerably.

The other option to to prep the whole thing beforehand, cover, and refrigerate until you’re ready to bake. This can be made a day or two in advance, just add a few minutes onto the cook time.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

I’m always a little meh on pastas with red sauce while the weather is still warm, but this sauce felt lighter, even when warm. It’s going to be my new go-to for bringing a meal to friends during the summer months!

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

Serves 8

1 lb. penne pasta, cooked and drained
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
15 oz. jar Alfredo sauce
1/2 cup ranch dressing
6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×11″ pan with non-stick spray.

In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta, shredded chicken, Alfredo sauce, and ranch dressing. Pour into prepared pan. Top evenly with chopped bacon and cheese.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until hot throughout and bubbly. Let cook for 5 minutes before serving.

adapted from Pilisbury

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta