Pasta dinners are perfect. As long as they have a good protein alongside, you have a complete meal.
Dinners with pasta are yummy if you are a pasta lover as I am. They are usually easy and cheap.
This pasta meal is fast and easy and sort of like a grown-up macaroni and cheese.
It is actually pretty with the different colored pasta.
Everything is done in the broiler, which is high heat at a close range. I burnt my bacon right at the end, so be sure to keep a good eye on it.
You can’t go wrong with bacon and cheese and then add chicken and pasta…YUM! The recipe calls for spinach and tomato farfalle, but I found some with other flavors as well. You can use regular or wheat if you prefer. Making it your own is never a bad thing to do.
Chicken-Bacon Bowtie Bake
1 Large Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast – 12 OZ (Use the rest of the chicken from package for chicken sandwiches!)
4-5 Slices Bacon (The orginal recipe calls for turkey bacon. Uhm, no thanks. Uhm, no likey!)
1 lb Bowtie Pasta (Any flavor or plain that you prefer.)
2 Tablespoons AP Flour
2 Cups Milk (Original recipe calls for fat free. Use what you have in the refrigerator.)
1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup (10.5 oz)
3/4 Teaspoon Garlic Salt
Salt and Pepper to Taste
1 1/4 Cup Mexican Cheese
Heat broiler. Coat a 2-quart broiler-proof baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Place chicken breast on greased broiler pan and broil 4 inches from flame for 6 to 7 minutes per side until internal temperature registers 160 degrees F. Remove to plate and cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Keep warm.
In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook bacon about 5 minutes until crisp. Chop and reserve. (You can chop it first. I think it is easier.)
Cook pasta following package directions, about 12 minutes. Drain.
Stir flour into milk and combine with soup and garlic salt in a medium-size saucepan. Simmer for 2 minutes until thickened; stir in 3/4 cup of the cheese.
Return pasta to pot and stir in chicken and soup mixture.Spoon into prepared baking dish and top with bacon and remaining 1/2 cup cheese.
Broil 4 inches from flame for 2 to 3 minutes or until heated and lightly browned on top. Serve immediately.