If you’ve got a ranch packet sitting in the cabinet or cupboard (it seems like we always have that, right?!), I’ve got the perfect recipe for you to use it in. Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta is a quick and easy way to use up that packet, and have a lot of delicious flavor in a healthy pasta dish. 

Normally a big bowl of pasta with this much flavor will cost you a lot of calories or points. But not my healthy version. One serving is only 7 points, which is perfect for a filling dinner. It’ll save you some points to use on dessert. You get a lot of protein, covered in bacon and ranch flavor – no more boring, dry chicken. And a bed of healthy, whole wheat pasta for some carbs and nutrients. Top the casserole with some freshly chopped parsley (zero points) and it’ll really bring the finishing touches to the dish. 

Three reasons why you need to make this recipe! 

Bacon and Ranch and Pasta…but in a healthy way – no other reason is needed! 

This casserole is filled with one of the best flavor combinations, bacon, and ranch. The two flavors come together to cover the moist chicken, so you’re getting your protein in the most fun way possible. You’re going to love it. 

There are 20 grams of protein per serving. 

For a lunch or dinner meal, 20 grams of protein is fantastic. You’ll be able to stay satisfied for hours because of the filling protein and high fiber spaghetti. 

It’s basically a one pot dish! 

You mix everything together in the same dish that you make the pasta in. Then transfer it to a casserole dish. While it’s baking, you can clean the one pot you used to prep the casserole. Super easy to make, and super easy to clean up. 

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Ingredients you need to make Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta: 

  • 164 g whole wheat spaghetti, measured dry
  • 8 oz (about 2 cups) shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 cup 1% low fat milk 
  • 1 (28 g) package ranch dip powder mix
  • 2 oz light cream cheese
  • 5 oz light shredded mozzarella cheese (I used Trader Joe’s brand, 5oz = 6SP)
  • 1/4 cup fat free sour cream or nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp real bacon bits crumble or 2 slices of Oscar Mayer Center Cut bacon (same points)
  • Green onion for topping which is optional and doesn’t add points. 

How to make Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta (step by step): 

  1. Preheat oven to 350F, spray a 9×13 dish with some nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Boil the pasta till it is cooked then drain and return to pot over low heat.
  3. Add the chicken, cream cheese, milk, sour cream, ranch mix, and 2 oz of the mozzarella (leave the other 3 oz for topping) to the cooked pasta. 
  4. Stir well till everything is mixed together and the cheese is melted.
  5. Add the pasta mixture to the casserole dish.
  6. Top with the remaining cheese, bacon bits, and green onion.
  7. Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
  8. Cut into 6 equal servings. Each serving is approx 7.5 oz. 

Makes 6 servings. Nutrition info for 1 serving: Calories 255,  Fat 7 g, Saturated fat 3 g,  Carbs 27 g,  Fiber 2.4 g, Sugars 4.4 g, Sodium 899 mg, Protein 20 g. 

WW Points 

  • Whole wheat spaghetti (measured dry) 13 points 
  • Shredded cooked chicken 0 points 
  • 1% low fat milk 4 points 
  • Ranch dip powder mix 3 points 
  • Light cream cheese 5 points 
  • Light shredded mozzarella cheese 13 points 
  • Fat free sour cream 1 point 
  • Real bacon bits crumble 2 points
  • Green onion 0 points 

7 points per serving based on the WW app recipe creator.  

If you’re using an older version of WW, check out these points below. 

Points- 6

Personal Points- 3-7 depending on your 0PP foods 

SP Freestyle- (blue) 6 using WW recipe builder

Smart points- (green) 7 using WW recipe builder

Smart Points- (purple) 3 using WW recipe builder

Points plus- 7 using PP calculator

Different ways to change up this recipe: 

  • This is such a flavorful recipe, adding veggies to it is a great way to increase the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) without messing with the taste. You can add sauteed mushrooms, chopped broccoli, or even spinach or kale. It’ll still bake up great. 
  • For a very lightened up version, use cooked spaghetti squash instead of pasta. It’ll lower the points to about 4-5 points per serving. 
  • If you’re not a fan of cream cheese, you can use non-fat greek yogurt instead. It helps keep the dish creamy without adding extra points.  
  • Using ground chicken, ground turkey, or extra lean ground beef would work. Any kind of lean meat works well in a casserole. 
  • For a protein and fiber boost, use Banza pasta. It’s gluten free too! 
  • If you try the spaghetti squash version, turkey pepperoni and black olives would be a great addition, for a bacon ranch chicken pizza flare. 

Tips and Tricks for Making Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta: 

  • Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta freezes really well – it’s a casserole after all! 
  • It’ll keep in the fridge for up to 5 days, so it makes a great meal prep lunch for the work week. 
  • You can prep the casserole ahead of time, and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to bake. Baking it is just for the cheese to melt since the chicken and pasta are already cooked, so you can do that right before you’re ready to eat it. 
  • If you have low point bacon like Oscar Mayer center cut bacon, you can cook 2 slices and use that instead of buying bacon bit crumbles. 
  • If you don’t have time for it to bake, skip putting it in the casserole dish. Just mix in the rest of the cheese until it melts fully, then divide into six portions. It saves time and dishes! 

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4.93 from 13 votes

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

By: Drizzle
Servings: 6
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Weight watchers friendly chicken ranch spaghetti
7 ww points, 6P, 6SP blue, 7SP green , 3SP purple

Ingredients 

  • 164 g whole wheat spaghetti, measured dry
  • 2 cups 8oz shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 cup milk, I used 1%
  • 1- 28 g package ranch dip powder mix, see picture below
  • 2 oz light cream cheese
  • 5 oz light shredded mozzarella cheese, I used Trader Joe’s brand, 5oz = 6SP
  • 1/4 cup fat free sour cream
  • 3 Tbsp real bacon bits crumble
  • Green onion, optional

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350F, and spray a 9×13 dish with some nonstick cooking spray.
  • Boil the pasta till it is cooked then drain and return to pot over low heat.
  • Add the chicken, cream cheese, milk, sour cream, ranch mix, and 2 oz of the mozzarella (leave the other 3 oz for topping) to the cooked pasta.
  • Stir well till everything is mixed together and the cheese is melted.
  • Add the pasta mixture to the casserole dish.
  • Top with the remaining cheese, bacon bits, and green onion.
  • Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
  • Cut into 6 equal servings. Each serving is approx 7.5 oz.

Notes

WW points – 7
Points- 6
Personal Points- 3-7 depending on your 0PP foods 
SP Freestyle- (blue) 6 using WW recipe builder
Smart points- (green) 7 using WW recipe builder
Smart Points- (purple) 3 using WW recipe builder
Points plus- 7 using PP calculator
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 255kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 20gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 899mgFiber: 2.4gSugar: 4.4g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main meals
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  1. 5 stars
    Kate, Loved this recipe and all of the others you have come up with! I have made several of the bubble ups. I found your recipes at a time when I was really getting tired of the same ol’ things. I was just about ready to fall off the wagon when I made the taco bubble up. Tragedy avoided! I’m down 53 lbs with another 40 to lose. Just wanted you to know much you have helped. Staying on track and do not feel deprived. Thank you! Tammie

    1. Hi Tammie, that is fantastic, way to go!! I am so glad you found me and are enjoying the recipes, keep up the great work!! 🙂

      1. Hi Kelly.. well I love them all haha but some of my favs are the buffalo chicken & bacon, taco fiesta and chicken enchilada 🙂

  2. Made this the other night and it is delicious ????. Going to reheat all my leftovers tonight. What can I add so it won’t be dried out? Milk? Spaghetti sauce? Thanks! BTW truly love all your recipes!!

    1. So glad you enjoyed it! Maybe add a little ranch to it, or some milk.. Mine did not dry out that much, we had it the following day as leftovers

  3. 5 stars
    Made this the other night, My husband & I enjoyed it,Will add mushrooms & broccoli next time. Also took some leftovers to one of my friends in WW,she also loved it. Been in WW quite awhile & am at a stand still with my weight,still would like to lose alittle more! Thanks to many of your recipes I have found the motivation to stay on track!!Keep up the good work!!

    1. Hi Sandra, I am so glad you all enjoyed it and yes bulking it up with veggies is a great idea 🙂 I hope you continue to find recipes you enjoy and good luck on your WW journey 🙂

  4. I am new to your site and let me just say, I am loving your recipes! I was wondering if this dish could be put together a day in advance and baked off the next day? Would i need to add anything before putting it in the oven? Thanks and cant wait to try other recipes!!

    1. Thanks for your kinds words 🙂 I have never made it the day before but I think it should be ok.. hope you enjoy it!

  5. 5 stars
    This was sooo yummy! My 13 and 15 year old asked if this was a healthy recipe – they couldn’t tell so it’s a keeper. Paired it with the sweet kale salad with mushrooms for a low point we meal. Helped me get back on track after a big point Saturday. Thank you!

  6. this looks great and would definitely fill my craving for pasta. One question though…your recipe says 2 cups of shredded chicken but then it says in brackets 8 0z, which is one cup. can you clarify? is it one cup or two? thanks

  7. Made this last night, and the family LOVED it. Hubby said it’s a keeper, and we’ll be making it again. So glad I found your site! So helpful in my Weight Watchers journey.