16ouncesof your favorite pasta- I recommend using bowtiespenne or rotini. If you use long pasta like spaghetti or fettuccini the cook times for the pasta may under cook the chicken.
2cupscheddar cheese- shredded
fresh parsley to garnish- it's okay to skip this ingredient if you don't like parsley or don't have any on hand
Turn your Ninja Foodi on Saute.
Slice bacon into ½ inch pieces.
Once Ninja Foodi is "Hot" add bacon and sauté until fully cooked.
Depending on the fat content of your bacon, you may need to remove some of the bacon fat from the Ninja Foodi. Ideally, you want to remove all but about 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat from the Ninja Foodi. Remove excess bacon fat from Ninja Foodi with a ladle.
Cut chicken breasts into 1 inch cubes.
Add chicken to Ninja Foodi and stir together with bacon until chicken is lightly browned. Do not fully cook the chicken.
Sprinkle ranch seasoning into Ninja Foodi and coat bacon and chicken with seasoning.
Turn saute function off.
Pour in chicken broth.
Pour in pasta- DO NOT STIR.
Try to cover pasta with chicken broth by pushing pasta down in pot- DO NOT STIR.
Close the Ninja Foodi with the pressure lid and move valve to "seal" position.
Cook on high pressure for time associated with the pasta that you are using. Calculate cook time based on pasta of your choice. Look at the box and take the suggested cooking time and cut it in half and subtract 2 minutes. If the box says 10 minutes, cut it in half (5 minutes) and subtract 2. So your total cook time will be 3 minutes.
When timer beeps, quick release pressure. If a substantial amount of liquid sprays out of the valve, quickly move valve back to seal and wait a minute or 2 and then move valve back to release.
Remove the lid and add in cream cheese and cheddar cheese
STIR!! This is when the cheesy goodness magic happens. Stir everything together until it is well combined.
Garnish with just a bit of fresh parsley.
IT IS TIME!!! Time for you to indulge in this creamy cheesy delicious goodness! Go for it! You deserve it!
Tips for making this recipe:1. Be sure that you use the ranch powder and not ranch dressing. Ranch dressing will make a mess when you release the pressure and will not coat the chicken like the powder does.2. When cooking pasta in the Ninja Foodi, feel free to modify the pasta from the recipe. If you like bowties- go for it. If you like penne- go for it. The trick is to look at the cooking times on the box. Whatever the box says- cut it in half and subtract 2 minutes. So, if the box says to cook for 10 minutes, you will cut that in half (5) and subtract 2. All together you would cook for 3 minutes.