Turkey Bacon Ranch Pasta #Recipe

I participated in Mom Blog Tour Winter Fancy Food Show (#MomBlogTourFF) on behalf of Wendy’s Bloggers. I received Academia Barilla and Bialetti products to facilitate my review, but my opinions and the recipe are my own.

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Pasta. A favorite and a staple in many households. I’m sure you’ll agree that the sight and smell of a plate of pasta in a nice, tasty sauce is a welcome sight. It’s really unfortunate when pasta and the sauce don’t play as nicely together as they can. A delicious sauce should be on your noodles on its way into your belly, not sliding off onto your plate or back into the pot. It’s rude, uncalled for and unnecessary. Just in case this is happening to you, I’d like to introduce you to Academia Barilla.

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Academia Barilla is a line of ultra-premium restaurant-quality pasta. Of 100% Italian Origin, the pasta is made with Italian Aureo durum wheat, a single high quality grain variety developed by Barilla. The pasta is extruded with 100% bronze dies, instead of more commonly used teflon. This gives the pasta a rough, homemade texture that allows sauces to cling to the pasta, delivering maximum flavor in every bite. The line consists of four of the most common Italian pasta cuts – spaghetti, linguine, penne rigate, and farfalle.

How do you cook awesome pasta? With awesome pots and pans of course.

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Bialetti’s new Mineral DS Cookware is nothing short of impressive. You’ll know when you see the surface of this cookware that it’s different than the others. The surface has micro-divots that allow for even oil distribution.

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This feature creates a better sear, and also improves the release with less contact between the pan and the food. This makes it suitable for both delicate foods like fish as well as “sturdier” foods like meat. And, it can be used on multiple surfaces, including gas, electric, glass and even induction cooktops!

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Great pots are important too. Have you ever seen the Bialetti Pasta Pot? It’s so neat! You can cook your food and then drain it without using a strainer! All you do is turn the lid a little to one side and it locks into place, enabling you to turn the pot upside down and drain all of the liquid out.

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I love not having to dig out and then later wash a strainer. The nonstick aluminum Pasta Pot was designed in an oval shape and with a 5-quart capacity in order to accommodate pieces of whole spaghetti and lasagna. And, the pot can be used for anything you like, including foods like corn on the cob, potatoes and other vegetables, as well as things like lobster. The pot is dishwasher safe too.

So, with a brand new Pasta Pot and set of Mineral DS cookware on the counter, my biggest challenge was what I wanted to make first. I decided to make Turkey Bacon Ranch Pasta. It combines some of the things on one of my favorite sandwiches with pasta. Sounds like heaven to me!

You can tell this dish is comfort food from the moment it goes onto your fork. The thick and creamy sauce stick to the pasta, allowing you to enjoy the flavor combination of the bacon, cheese and ranch on the turkey and pasta. It’s a tasty dish that’s really easy to put together. Here’s how I make it.

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Turkey Bacon Ranch Pasta

Serves 6-8

Equipment needed

  • Bialetti Pasta Pot
  • Bialetti Mineral DS 12″ Saute Pan
  • cooking spoon
  • knife and cutting board
  • measuring cup

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Academia Barilla penne rigate
  • 1/2 lb deli turkey breast, very thickly sliced (it’s about 4-6 slices for 1 lb of the turkey)
  • 1x 10.5 oz cans cream of chicken soup
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1x 1 oz packet ranch
  • 1 cup real shredded bacon bits (I used Oscar Mayer)
  • 2-4 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • sea salt

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 f.

Boil the penne. The Academia Barilla chef shared a tip with us on boiling pasta. For optimal cooking, he recommends using 1 gallon of water with 2 tbsp sea salt to make 1 pound of pasta. His reasoning is that if you use less it changes the water temperature which impacts the starch release, which changes the flavor of your pasta.

While the pasta is cooking, place the soup, cream cheese, milk and bacon into a large pan and heat over a low to medium flame.

Once the mixture has begun to cook, add the ranch dressing and the bacon to the pan.

Keep the mixture cooking, stirring frequently to remove the lumps while the soup dissolves.

This is also a good time to take a minute and cut the turkey into bite size chunks, approximately the length of the penne rigate that you used.

Place the lid on the pasta pot and drain the pasta.

Add the pasta to the pan and stir well.

Add the turkey to the pan and stir well.

Sprinkle the shredded cheddar on top of the pasta.

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Place the pan in the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes, until the cheese has melted and things are starting to bubble.

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Remove the pan from the oven and serve immediately.

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What dish would you like to make with Academia Barilla pasta in the Bialetti Pasta Pot and Mineral DS cookware?

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Academia Barilla was the exclusive pasta of Mom Blog Tour Winter Fancy Food Show 2017. Bialetti was the exclusive cookware of Mom Blog Tour Winter Fancy Food Show 2017. You can learn more about the products I’ve mentioned on the Academia Barilla website, the Bialetti Mineral DS page and the Bialetti Pasta Pot page. You can also connect with Bialetti on social media, on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

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174 Comments

  1. I may be the only person in the world who isn’t a huge bacon fan but I have to admit these Turkey Bacon Ranch Pasta looks AMAZING! I love any and everything pasta related so I can’t wait to try this recipe out.

  2. You had me at bacon! I would eat pretty much anything with bacon in it and so would my kids. This sounds awesome.

  3. I’d like to make spaghetti carbonara with Academia Barilla pasta in the Bialetti Pasta Pot and Mineral DS cookware.

  4. I would love to make chicken and shrimp Alfredo with the Academia Barilla pasta in the Bialetti Pasta Pot and Mineral DS cookware.

  5. Our pasta dishes are usually reserved to macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, or lasagna. Your recipe looks really good. The only time we eat something that looks like that, it is from Hamburger Helper/

  6. I am new to cooking and still learning about the drill. Using different utensils is also a must an I am trying to learn about it. Thanks for this post and the recipe. Additional knowledge for me.

  7. I would love love love to make my favorite Italian dish! Italian Drunken Noodle. Everyone joins the Clean Plate Club that night!

  8. This is really tempting and tasty for sure. I wanna grab it from my screen. Will try this fantastic recipe this weekend.

  9. I would love to try your recipe for the turkey bacon ranch pasta. For my own recipe I make a great chicken pasta primavera. It’s a meal that I can get all four of my kids to enjoy!

  10. I would make my Hot Sausage Pasta dinner with the Academia Barilla pasta in the Bialetti Pasta Pot and Mineral DS cookware.

  11. I’m loving these pots and pans .. especially the pasta pot! What a great idea with the holes in the lid! We’re huge fans of pasta at our house and this one looks great. I like the addition of turkey bacon for a healthier twist!

  12. You had me at bacon. I didn’t have to read the title further to know I would love this. However, I did read further and I definitely love the sound and look of this!

  13. This recipe sounds amazing. I would love to make this for the family. These Bialetti pans I would love to own. The Bialetti’s new Mineral DS Cookware I am going to have to check out . Thanks for sharing the giveaway and the recipe along with the cookware.

  14. The dish I would like to make first with this awesome cookware is my favorite, Fettuccine Alfredo with shrimp.

  15. I would make my (newish) favorite spring pasta – sauteed red onion, asparagus, and peas with short pasta, with lemon zest and fresh mint and a sauce of lemon juice, olive oil, and tahini.

  16. I would like to use it to make my lasagna casserole, it’s really good and my family loves it. That cookware seems really nice. Thanks.

  17. So I make a really delicious spicy shrimp penne dish that we absolutely love and this would be perfect for that.

  18. I would make what my kids call the mamas not Italian bake. I make an Alfredo with chicken, bacon, onions, mushrooms, and broccoli, add pasta of choice and bake with cheese and cracker topping. My husband is Italian and he loves it, so it would be the first thing I would bake with the pasta and pots.

  19. I’d like to make spaghetti carbonara with Academia Barilla pasta in the Bialetti Pasta Pot and Mineral DS cookware.

  20. I would love to make a vegetable dish with broccoli, carrots, peppers, vegetable broth and elbow pasta with cheese.

  21. I would more than likely make macaroni and cheese first, add sausage, ham, 3 cheeses, some mushrooms and green pepper.. yummo!!

  22. I would make a grilled chicken with garlic butter spread that would go well with Academia Barilla pasta in the Bialetti Pasta Pot and Mineral DS cookware.

  23. My kids love chicken or shrimp alfredo pasta. I use jarred sauce, bt I always add extra stuff to make it taste better- extra garlic, mushrooms, onion, shredded cheese… so good!

  24. A dish that i would like to make with Academia Barilla pasta in the Bialetti Pasta Pot and Mineral DS cookware is some homemade macaroni and cheese

  25. The dish I would love to make with the Academia Barilla pasta in the Bialetti Pasta Pot and Mineral DS cookware is the ACADEMIA BARILLA PENNE RIGATE WITH ZUCCHINI BLOSSOMS & PANCETTA.

  26. I would make cheesy tortellinis! And I have to say that strainer pot lid is an AMAZING creation!! I Have never seen one before! My fingers are crossed I win!

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