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Pesto Ranch Chicken Pasta Recipe

This dinner is one of my favorite go-to’s whenever I am short on time. I keep all the ingredients on hand to throw together in a hurry! If you only have 20 minutes to get dinner on the table, this is the dinner to make! The kids love it and I love that it’s a one-dish dinner so I don’t have to worry about making additional sides or veggies.

Pesto Ranch Chicken Pasta


  • 2 cups cooked, chopped chicken
  • 1 box penne noodles, cooked
  • 3/4 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup prepared pesto sauce
  • 1 can asparagus tips
  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese

1. In greased baking dish, combine together ranch dressing, pesto sauce and asparagus tips.
2. Add chopped chicken and cooked penne noodles; gently mix together.
3. Top with mozzarella cheese.
4. Broil on High for 2-4 minutes until cheese melts and starts to brown.

See, how easy is that? Plus the flavors are out of this world amazing! You can adjust the amounts of ranch dressing and pesto sauce according to your family’s tastes.ย 

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  • Ellie

    Not sure this qualifies as healthy, but it looks tasty.

    • Actually, with the right ingredients this dish is very healthy. Whole wheat pasta, low fat part skim mozzarella cheese, low fat light ranch dressing, grilled chicken…plus the pesto and asparagus tips. My 11 year old son has Prader Willi Syndrome so healthy low fat meals are a necessity in my house. This recipe was approved by his nutritionist so that’s good enough for me.

      • Ellie

        I think it was the ranch dressing that was throwing me.

  • This sounds so delish! Thanks for a great recipe ๐Ÿ™‚
    Cheers, Andrea

  • Umm yeah… this is so happening at our house soon! ๐Ÿ™‚


    And I’m loving your Pinterest-ready photos! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love quick and easy dinners! This sounds delicious! I would love to have you stop by ‘Or so she says…’ today and share some of your great ideas with my readers! The ‘Your Great Idea’ link party runs every Sat through Tuesday. Hope to see you there! http://www.oneshetwoshe.com

  • Looks so good, but if I made it, we’d be eating it for meals and meals after that first dinner. I’m not saying that’s bad though…