One of my students shared this recipe with me and it sounded really great. I made it and changed it a bit. I made it for my family and they absolutely LOVED it! I think this will be a staple at our house!! If you love buffalo chicken dip, you are going to flip for this delicious pasta bake. Thanks, Jess, for sharing this recipe with me!
1 pound of penne pasta
3 chicken breasts, cubed
2-3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
4-5 cups shredded cheddar or cheddar jack cheese
3/4 cup hot sauce
1 cup Ranch dressing
1- 8 ounce block cream cheese
-Cook pasta according to box. Drain.
-Cube chicken and saute in a large skillet with 2-3 Tbsp. oil. Drain liquid once chicken has cooked.
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
-Prepare a 9 X 13 or large casserole by spraying with cooking spray. ( I use a deep 9 x13.)
-In a large mixing bowl, soften cream cheese in microwave.
-To softened cream cheese, add 3/4 cup hot sauce, 1 cup of Ranch dressing and 3 cups shredded cheese.
-Add cooked chicken and pasta. Stir together gently.
-Add mixture to prepared casserole.
-Sprinkle with 1-2 cups additional cheese.
-Bake for 30 minutes, uncovered.