Ranch Chicken Bacon Stuffed Shells

  • on April 14, 2020
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I have a deep love for Ranch, Chicken and Bacon.. and honestly I love stuffed shells. It all started when I made a Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells and every since then I have been trying to find different types of stuffed shells for our family to enjoy. After stumbling across this when I was trying to find a dishes similar to the Cheesy Bacon Potato Bake. Now the entire family is in heaven because we made this. My biggest tip if you have a hungry family like me… make extra because here each person consumed about 5-6 shells

Ingredients

  • 24 uncooked large pasta shells
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • 1 cup frozen spinach, thawed and chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup diced green onion
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs, optional
  • cooked bacon pieces

For the sauce:

  • Ranch Chicken Stuffed Shells
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 (1oz) Ranch seasoning mix

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mist a 9×13 pan with cooking spray and set aside. 
  3. Cook the pasta shells
  4. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the sauce. 

For the sauce:

  1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan.
  2. Whisk in the flour until a paste is formed.
  3. Cook 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Whisk in the milk.
  5. Cook on low heat until just slightly thickened. remove from the heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese. until melted.
  6. Stir in ranch packet.

Building the shells:

  1. Combine the shredded chicken, spinach, cheddar cheese, green onion, and 1/2 cup of sauce in a medium bowl.
  2. Fill each pasta shell with a heaping tablespoon of the chicken mixture and place in your 9×13 pan.
  3. Pour remaining sauce evenly over shells. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and bacon, cover, and bake 25-30 minutes or until heated through.
  4. Remove cover and cook an additional 5-10 minutes or until bubbly. 

Adapted From OneSweetAppetite

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