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Chicken Penne Pasta with Bacon and Spinach in Creamy Tomato Sauce


Chicken Penne Pasta with Bacon and Spinach in Creamy Tomato Sauce

Chicken Penne Pasta with Bacon and Spinach in Creamy Tomato Sauce

Ingredients
Main Ingredients:

  • 6 bacon strips
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless and skinless chicken (thick in size, such as chicken breasts)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 4 small tomatoes (diced)
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (more, if desired)
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese shredded (more for garnish)

Pasta:

  • 10 oz. penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons Parsley (chopped)

Instructions

  1. BACON: Add bacon strips to the skillet and cook until crispy. Transfer cooked bacon to a paper towel-lined platter that will absorb extra grease. Chop into 1 inch pieces
  2. CHICKEN: Paper towel dry the chicken and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Then set aside.  Heat olive oil in a large deep skillet. Add chicken breasts and cook on each side on medium high heat for about 4 minutes per side (for a total of 8 minutes) until nicely browned. If chicken is still pink in the center, reduce heat to medium and cook covered for several minutes until no longer pink in the center. Remove chicken from pan and slice it.
  3. Add butter to the hot pan and once it melts, add chopped garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.

Chicken Penne Pasta with Bacon and Spinach in Creamy Tomato Sauce

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