Monday, September 5, 2022

Chicken & Pasta w/Tomatoes & Spinach in Garlic Cream Sauce

This Chicken and Pasta with Tomatoes and Spinach in a Garlic Cream Sauce was a dinner where all three of us immediately said "make this again". Once declared a winner I reluctantly got up from the table to take a few (very quick) pics so I could continue eating:@) Oh, and in addition to everything mentioned in the title, bacon. Yep:@) Diet food? Ah, no... But fairly quick comfort food? Oh yea! I even enjoyed the leftovers for lunch two days later... Good stuff folks.
I did things slightly differently than the original recipe,
I'll list what I did, you can click for the original post.

2 Tblsp olive oil
1lb chicken breasts or tenderloins cut into bite size pieces
1 tsp paprika
1 hearty tsp Italian seasoning
salt to taste
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 C heavy cream -I used Half and Half
1/2 C parmesan cheese, shredded -I used the grated stuff in the green can
5 tomatoes chopped -I used a 14 oz can, drained
3 C fresh baby spinach-I added the whole bag
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes -I added a few shakes
6 strips of bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled -I only had 4 strips
10 oz penne pasta -I could only get ziti the day I shopped
*1/2 C shredded parmesan cheese for serving -I added a hearty handful of mozzarella to the pot instead
  1. Cook pasta per package instructions while you cook the chicken.
  2. Heat oil in skillet, add chicken. As it cooks sprinkle with paprika and Italian seasoning.
  3. Flip and stir until chicken is cooked through. Remove to plate.
  4. In same pan, add garlic, cook for a minutes stirring constantly.
  5. Add cream and bring to boil, add 1/2 C parmesan cheese. Reduce to simmer and stir to melt for a couple minutes.
  6. Add tomatoes, spinach, garlic and red pepper flakes to the sauce, stir, cook until spinach wilts.
  7. Add chicken back, and stir pasta into sauce.
  8. Stir in bacon and serve.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

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  1. Mmmmm this sounds heavenly, Lynn, and quick and easy besides. Thanks for the great review that all three of you loved it.

  2. My favorite kind of casserole Lynn, yummy!


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