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Hearty Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Hearty Tuscan Chicken Pasta

YIELDS: 4 serving(s)

PREP TIME: 20 mins

COOK TIME: 25 mins

TOTAL TIME: 45 mins 


12 oz. spaghetti or angel hair

1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 pounds)

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

6 slices bacon

2 cloves garlic

2 c. diced tomatoes (fresh or canned)

3 c. baby spinach

1/2 c. heavy cream

1/3 c. freshly grated Parmesan

Freshly torn basil, for garnish 


Step 1 

In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water. 

Step 2 

Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook until golden and no longer pink inside, about 8 minutes per side. Let rest 10 minutes, then thinly slice. 

Step 4 

Add garlic, tomatoes, and spinach to skillet and cook over medium heat until fragrant and slightly wilted, 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, then add heavy cream, Parmesan, and 1/2 cup of reserved pasta water. Simmer 5 minutes. 

Step 5 

Add cooked pasta and toss until fully coated, then add chicken and bacon and toss until combined. (For a looser sauce, stir in more reserved pasta water.) 

Step 6 

Garnish with basil before serving.