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Back when I had my baby, my family was wonderful in bringing me and my husband meals. We ate very well the week or two following the birth of our little girl! Everything was just wonderful. So recently, when a neighbor had a baby and I had volunteered to bring a meal, a pasta dish that my sister brought immediately popped into my head.

I called her up to get the recipe, and she told me that she had come across a recipe that she liked even more than the one she had brought me. If it was better, I knew it would be good, so I got that recipe.

This was so good that I ended up making it for another neighbor that had just had a baby only a few weeks after the first. And lucky for me, the recipe makes so much that I had enough to take to the other family as well as enough for my family – for several meals!! It’s definitely not a meal that you can have often, but I always thinks it’s ok to splurge once in awhile – and this is worth the splurge!

I did do a couple of things differently each time, so I’ll share what I learned with you. The first time I made this, I put the chicken in the crockpot whole, and then cut it into chunks after it was cooked. The second time, I cut it into chunks first before cooking. I definitely preferred the first method better. Although the chicken took longer to cook, I liked the texture of the chicken much better the first time around. Also, the first time I used bowtie pasta, and the second time I used penne. I preferred the penne, although I’m sure any short cut pasta will work.

I had to make up a name for this, since I didn’t get a name when I got the recipe from my sister – and she is out of town right now. Although I’m sure this is one of those recipes that is passed around through neighbors and doesn’t really have a name!

Chicken & Bacon Pasta

serves 8 – 10

6 chicken breast halves
1 12-ounce bottle Lawry’s Mesquite marinade
1 pound bacon, cooked and diced
3 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 tablespoons pepper
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
3/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for the top
1 pound small cut pasta, cooked and drained
a few handfuls of frozen peas

Put the chicken breasts and the marinade in a crockpot. Cook until chicken is done – about 3-4 hours on high or 5-6 hours on low. When cooked, cut the chicken into bite-sized chunks.

In a large pan, combine the cream, pepper, butter, garlic and Parmesan cheese. Whisk over medium heat until combined and thickened.

Combine the pasta, bacon, chicken and sauce. Toss in the frozen peas and stir to combine everything. Pour into a baking dish (you might need 2 dishes, because this makes A LOT!), top with more Parmesan, and cook in a 350F oven until the cheese is melted.

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16 Responses to Chicken & Bacon Pasta

  1. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Thta's very kind of them! A delicious dish!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. kat says:

    If its got bacon its got to me good

  3. Ellie says:

    This sounds so good! My husband has been on me saying that I don't cook enough healthy good…I think he'll just have to wait a little bit longer!

  4. Grace says:

    anytime anyone wants to bring me anything containing bacon, i'll gladly accept. :)

  5. Maria says:

    Perfect for serving a crowd or leftovers!

  6. Carolyn says:

    Is it really 1 1/2 Tablespoons of Pepper. I worried that it sounded like quite a lot.

  7. Kalyn says:

    Julie and Julia is playing at 1:10 on Friday August 7 at the Century 16 Theaters on 3300 South and State. You're invited to come and see the movie with us and then meet back at my house after for pot-luck snacks and a lot of good dishing about the movie. (I'll be writing a piece for BlogHer.com about how food bloggers like the movie, so you might also get a chance to get some exposure for your blog.)

    Please e-mail me at kalynskitchen (at) comcast (dot) net if you can come and I'll write back and give you my home address. People can come to my house and drop off food before the show if you'd like, or just meet us at the theater about 12:45.

    I probably won't get this message to everyone, so feel free to invite other Utah food bloggers.

  8. Abby says:

    Cream, cheese and bacon. Doesn't get much better than THAT. Mmmmmm.

  9. Annie says:

    My husband and I are doing Weight Watchers and I love to cook, so I continue to check out your site for ideas. My mouth started watering at the title of this post, and I said it out loud with appropriate awe in my voice. My husband's reaction was "What?! Focus, honey, focus."

    So, of course I read the ingredients and started laughing at the only 1 pound of bacon and heavy cream…and the handful of peas!

    I'll be playing with this recipe and can hopefully tweak it into a 10 point meal! :)

  10. The Mediocre Cook says:

    This looks delicious and sounds like something even my kids will eat! Definitely trying this one out.

  11. Sophie says:

    Wow! So many people were fed with this recipe, sounds yummy. You know how I feel about bacon :).

  12. Deborah says:

    Carolyn,

    I used 1 1/2 T, but I really like pepper! You can adjust the amount to your liking.

  13. Elizabeth says:

    This looks AWESOME! Bacon, Cream, Pasta and Chicken – need you say more!

  14. linda says:

    i just made this dish today and OH MY GOODNESS. this is what i've been looking for!!! the flavor reminds me of pizza hut's pastas which i am a HUGE fan of. this was so delicious and flavorful! the only thing that i would change was adding way too much black pepper but the creamy taste overlooks that. thank you so much :)

  15. Sveta says:

    I made it one night for my Husband and he totally feel in love with the Dish I served with a good bottle of red wine. Now I am making it again for the 10th time. All of our friends feel in love with it also asking for the recipe. Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

  16. Adam says:

    You should try sautéing 2-3, or to taste, freshly minced garlic cloves in butter or margarine(your preference) and then add the cream, pepper, butter, garlic and Parmesan cheese. It does add a little something to it.

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