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Chicken and Bacon Pasta w/ Spinach and Tomatoes Recipe


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     Chicken and Bacon Pasta w/ Spinach and Tomatoes

Category   Entrees - Maindishes
Sub Category   None
Servings   4
Preptime   20 minutes

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 lbs chicken
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp Italian seasoning
5 medium tomatoes, chopped in large cubes
1 cup cooked spinach
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp crushed red pepper
6 bacon strips, cooked, drained and chopped
1 1/3 cup half and half
1 1/3 cups Parmesan cheese, shredded
10 oz penne pasta
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated for serving

In a large skillet on high heat, heat 2 tbsp of olive oil until hot. Add chicken and cook on one side on high heat for 1 minute. While it cooks, sprinkle the uncooked sides of the chicken with paprika and Italian seasoning. Flip the chicken and cook on the other side for 1 min on high heat. Reduce heat to med flip chicken and cook for several min until no longer pink in the center. Remove chicken from the pan and keep chicken warm.
To the same pan add chopped tomatoes, spinach, garlic, crushed red pepper, 1/3 of the chicken sliced into small strips and half of the already cooked bacon. Mix everything.
Add half and half and bring to a boil. Only after half and half starts boiling, add grated Parmesan cheese immediately reduce to simmer and stir, while simmering, until the cheese melts and makes the sauce creamy, only about 1 minute. Then immediately remove from heat. Season with more crushed red pepper and salt if needed. In the mean time bring a large pot of water to boil, add pasta and cook it according to instructions. Drain the pasta, rinse with cold water and drain again.
Add pasta to the skillet with the sauce. Add remaining half of cooked bacon. Season with more salt if necessary. Slice the remaining 2/3 of chicken into thin strips. To serve, top the pasta with chicken strips and grated Parmesan cheese.

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