Chicken Bacon Alfredo Pasta Bake

Chicken Bacon Alfredo Pasta Bake is comfort food baked in your oven! Creamy Alfredo sauce with chicken, bacon and pasta makes a dinner everyone will love!

Chicken Bacon Alfredo Pasta Bake being eaten with a fork

The Alfredo Sauce for Chicken Bacon Alfredo Pasta Bake

Have you tried my delicious Homemade Alfredo? Click HERE for the recipe.

This is the alfredo sauce I use for this pasta bake and it is creamy and delicious! It comes together pretty fast but has such great flavor.

You can use a jarred/bottled Alfredo Sauce. Rao’s is delicious brand and surprisingly Walmart’s Great Value Brand has a delicious Alfred Sauce. (Not getting paid to promote either of those brands- it is just my opinion.)

Large spoon scooping homemade alfredo sauce

Making the Alfredo Sauce

In a large bowl or large liquid measuring cup, add your milk, flour, kosher salt and garlic powder.

Kosher/coarse salt added to milk and flour to make Alfredo Sauce

Whisk it together, making sure the flour is mixed in and there are no lumps.

Milk, flour and seasonings mixed together to make Homemade Alfredo Sauce

In a large skillet, melt your butter over medium heat and add your minced garlic.

Minced garlic in a hot pan with melted butter
Butter melting with minced garlic to make Alfredo sauce

I use bottled minced garlic and love it- the flavor is so yummy but you don’t have to worry about peeling and mincing the fresh stuff! Let the butter and garlic simmer for a minute, or until the garlic is fragrant.

Bottle of minced garlic to make Alfredo Sauce

Next, you will add in your milk mixture, whisking it as you add it. Keep your heat on medium and keep whisking. It should start to thicken. (If it never thickens, see notes in the recipe below).

Milk mixture being poured into a hot pan to make Homemade Alfredo

Add your block of cream cheese once the milk mixture is hot and thickened. The cream cheese will help it thicken a bit too. Whisk/stir the cream cheese until is fully melted and mixed in.

Cream cheese added to the Alfredo sauce
Cream Cheese Slowly melted into the Alfredo sauce

Add your grated parmesan cheese and whisk/stir until it’s melted and mixed in good.

Grated Parmesan cheese added to alfredo sauce.
Parmesan cheese added to creamy alfredo sauce

Taste the sauce and adjust the seasonings as needed to your liking.

Whisk mixing Alfredo Sauce in a pan
Homemade Alfredo sauce on a spoon

The Chicken and Bacon

You will need cooked chicken, cut into small pieces and you will need cooked bacon pieces.

The chicken does not need to be seasoned. If you season it, you can season it with salt and pepper or some garlic salt. I usually use just salt and pepper. You can have the pieces as large or as small as you like. You can see in the photo below the size of my chicken.

Chicken cooked and diced in a pan

I prefer fresh cooked and crumbled bacon. Do not use a flavored bacon, like “maple”. It will not taste good (personal opinion, but I wouldn’t recommend it).

You can use pre-cooked bacon or “real” bacon bits in a plastic bag/bottle if you don’t want to have to cook it.

Cooked bacon cut and crumbled  into small peices

Pasta for Chicken Bacon Alfredo Pasta Bake

I use Penne Pasta for this Pasta Bake.

You can use any type of pasta, but I recommend using a pasta like penne, bowtie, rigatoni or ziti. I like to use a bite size pasta. Spaghetti, angel hair and fettuccine will work if you prefer that.

NOTE: Bite size pasta is easier to eat (especially for the kiddos) if it is not long pasta noodles.

I cook the pasta while I am making my sauce. Cook the pasta a little underdone. It will cook and soften a bit more in the oven.

Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and set it aside. I usually run some cold water over the pasta in the strainer. This stops it from cooking and getting more tender from the steam.

Cooked penne pasta without sauce

Side Note: See below for a link to the pasta pots that I LOVE! It comes with a great sized pot, a steamer insert (which is great) but the best part is the pasta insert!

Assembling your Chicken Bacon Alfredo Pasta Bake

It is pretty simple to assemble this Chicken Bacon Alfredo Pasta Bake.

Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray. Preheat your oven.

Add the cooked chicken and cooked bacon pieces to the alfredo sauce.

Cooked chicken pieces and cooked bacon pieces added to homemade alfredo sauce.
Alfredo Sauce with bacon and chicken mixed in it.

Next, add your cooked pasta.

Cooked pasta added to a large pan of Alfredo sauce with bacon and chicken to make a chicken pasta bake
Chicken Bacon Pasta in a baking dish ready to be baked in the oven.

Then, pour it in your greased 9×13 baking dish and spread it evenly in the pan.

A baking dish with a bacon chicken pasta bake in it.

Cover the baking dish with foil and bake it for 20-26 minutes. Everything is cooked, it just needs to be warmed through.

After it has baked for a bit ( about 25 minutes) and is warmed all the the way through, take off the foil. Add the shredded mozzarella cheese to the top.

Mozzarella cheese added to the top of a chicken bacon alfredo dish.

Put the dish back in the oven without foil.

Let the dish bake for another 5 to 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted to your liking.

Then, remove the dish from the oven and let it cool a minute before serving. You can add a little dried parsley for a garnish and to make it look fancy if you wish! (I usually don’t worry about this, but I did it for the photos).

A freshly baked pasta dish with chicken, bacon and Alfredo sauce topped with mozzarella cheese.
Baked chicken, bacon alfredo pasta dish.
Up close shot of chicken bacon Alfredo past bake
Chicken alfredo bacon pasta bake up close photo.
Chicken bacon pasta bake on a plate with a fork taking a bite

For some other yummy pasta dishes try my Slow Cooker Penne Pasta, my Creamy Chicken Bacon Pasta or my Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce.

For some delicious bread sides to eat with this pasta bake try my Easy Breadsticks, my Garlic Knots or yummy Garlic Bread!

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Chicken bacon alfredo pasta bake on a plate with a fork next to it

Chicken Bacon Alfredo Pasta Bake

Chicken Bacon Alfredo Pasta Bake is a pasta bake loaded with chicken and bacon in a creamy homemade alfredo sauce.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

Equipment

  • 9×13 baking dish
  • Foil, for covering the dish while baking
  • large skillet or pan
  • bowl or glass measuring cup

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chicken, cooked and diced/cubed into bite sized pieces *about 1 lb. of chicken
  • 1 cup bacon, cooked and crumbled *you can add more or less
  • 4 cups milk, 2% or whole
  • 1 8 oz. block cream cheese *not low fat or light cream cheese
  • 4 1/2 tbsp flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 tsp bottled, minced garlic or 6 fresh garlic cloves minced
  • 1 1/2 cups parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated *or more (for topping)
  • 1 box (16 oz. or 1 lb.) Penne Pasta, cooked a little underdone *ziti, bowtie or rigatoni works great too
  • dried parsley *for appearance after baking (optional)

Instructions

  • Cook your pasta leaving it a little underdone. It will finish cooking and get a little more tender in the oven. You can also cook your pasta while you are making your sauce. Make sure to drain your pasta well and run some cold water over it so it stops cooking (the hot steam as it sits can cause it cook a little bit more).
  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl or large liquid measuring cup, add your milk, flour, garlic powder and kosher salt. Whisk together making sure the flour is mixed well and there are no lumps.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Melt your butter and add the minced garlic. Let it cook until garlic becomes fragrant.
  • Pour your milk mixture into the hot skillet with the butter and garlic. Whisk it until it's well combined. It should start to thicken.
  • Once the milk mixture gets hot, add your block of cream cheese. Whisk it until it's melted and fully incorporated.
  • Add your parmesan cheese and whisk until fully melted. Adjust the seasoning if needed.
  • Add your cooked chicken and cooked bacon crumbles to the alfredo sauce. Mix well. Then add the cooked pasta and mix it all together.
  • Dump the mixed pasta in your greased 9×13 baking dish. Spread it evenly in the baking dish.
  • Tightly cover the dish with foil. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes until the dish is heated through.
  • Remove the foil from the pasta dish and sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the top. Let it bake (without the foil) for another 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted to your liking.
  • Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. You can sprinkle the top with some dried parsley if desired (this is totally for looks).
  • Serve amd enjoy!

Notes

This pasta dish serves about 8, but could easily serve more depending on the serving size.
You can also add mushrooms, broccoli, or green onions to this dish.
If your sauce never thickens, you can make a cornstarch slurry and add it to the simmering sauce.  Just mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons cold water and mix it well.  Slowly add it to the hot and simmering sauce and whisk it in.  It should thicken pretty fast.  If it still doesn’t, make and add some more cornstarch and cold water slurry to the sauce.

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

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 520kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 1624mg | Potassium: 446mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 934IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 422mg | Iron: 1mg

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