Chicken Bacon Ranch

YIELDS: 8 – 10 serving(s)
Can be cut back to make fewer servings.

PREP TIME: 15 mins
TOTAL TIME: 45 mins
6 slices bacon, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
8 oz. cream cheese, cubed

2 c. milk
1 1 oz. packet dry ranch seasoning mix
3 c. shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
8 oz. rotini pasta, cooked
4 c. chopped rotisserie chicken
4 oz. diced pimientos, drained
1/2 c. sliced green onion, plus more for garnish

1Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a 12-inch skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat, stirring often until crispy, about 8 minutes. Remove the bacon from the pan using a slotted spoon. Set aside, leaving drippings in pan.
2Add the onion and garlic to the drippings; cook, stirring often, until slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the cream cheese, milk, ranch seasoning mix, and 1 cup of the mozzarella until smooth; remove from the heat.

3In a large bowl, stir together the ranch mixture, cooked pasta, chicken, pimientos, and ½ cup of the green onion until well combined. Transfer to a 13×9-inch casserole dish. Sprinkle evenly with the bacon; top with the remaining 2 cups mozzarella.
4Bake until the top is golden brown and crispy, 25-30 minutes. Let cool slightly; garnish with more green onion just before serving, if you like.

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