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Cheesy Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta



– 8 ounces elbow macaroni pasta – 1 1/2 cups Real California cottage cheese – 1 1/2 cups Real California sour cream – 1 cup Real California milk – 1/3 cup (1 1/2 1-ounce packages) ranch dressing and seasoning mix – 3 cups cooked chicken, shredded – 6 ounces shredded Real California Monterey Jack cheese – 1 14.5-ounce canned fire roasted diced tomatoes, drained – 1/2 cup cooked crumbled bacon (optional) :Cheese, Sour Cream, Cottage Cheese, Milk, Kid Friendly, Ranch, BLT, Monterey Jack, Bacon, Canned Tomatoes
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Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

In a large saucepan or small stockpot, cook pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, in a blender or food processor, combine cottage cheese, sour cream, milk, and seasoning mix and pulse to puree. Transfer to a small saucepan and gently warm over medium-low heat.

Drain pasta and return to saucepan. Stir in cottage mixture, chicken, shredded cheese, tomatoes, and bacon, if using.

Serves 6

Recipe/Photo credit: Jill Hough for the California Milk Advisory Board