Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Ranch Pasta with Bacon, Spinach and Tomatoes

I recently discovered that I love the flavors of Ranch dressing. The herbs in the dressing add a great kick to anything I've added it to. SP was skeptical about this one, but after one bite he was hooked.


This recipe is very, very loosely based on a recipe for Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta that I printed out a long time ago. When I went to the blog the printout says it came from the recipe was very different, so I consider it more of an inspiration then anything else. I have to admit, I'm excited that I actually came up with a recipe on my own. I very rarely do that.



Ranch Pasta with Bacon, Spinach and Tomatoes
A Taste of Home Cooking Original

1 teaspoon dried parsley
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
Olive oil
4 garlic cloves minced
2 cups heavy cream
1 bag baby spinach
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1/2 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 lb short cut pasta, cooked according to package directions
Grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese

Combine first 6 ingredients (through dried thyme) in a bowl and mix together. This is your Ranch seasoning. You can also use a packet of pre-made dried seasoning.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in skillet large enough to hold the pasta over medium-high heat. Add garlic and saute for 2 minutes. Add heavy cream and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and add Ranch seasoning, spinach and tomatoes. Cook until the spinach wilts. Add pasta and cooked bacon and toss to combine. Add grated cheese and taste for seasoning.
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10 comments:

  1. That looks amazing! The wonders of ranch

    ~ The Tuckerbag ~

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  2. Yum, I might have to make this tonight!

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  3. This sounds so amazing! I wonder if I could get DH to eat it? mmm....

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  4. Ash - It's a great flavor combo.

    Anon - Thanks. I hope you did and liked it. :)

    Abby - If you don't mention the word "ranch" you might have better luck. I think most people think of the creamy dressing and not the flavors that go into it and get turned off by the idea.

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  5. I thought this was a great recipe. I may have to try it on my husband when he gets back from out of town, he loves ranch seasoning. Thanks for posting!

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  6. I'm confused on the directions..after boiling the cream/garlic together, your method says to add Ranch seasoning, however I don't see seasoning in the ingredients? Did I just miss something?

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  7. Moviegirl - I'm glad you liked it!

    cmfashion - I made the directions a little clearer, but in the first step when you mix the seasonings together, that is the Ranch seasoning.

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  8. LOL, Duh!! Thanks Home Cook!! We're trying it tonight, can't wait!

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  9. I made this last night, my daughter had 3 "toddler" sized helpings. I was shocked. Thanks for the great recipe.

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  10. What a great creation!! We loved this!

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