WARNING! The tremendously delicious aroma of this pasta may lead to extreme mouth-watering and bacon cravings! That’s because this Chicken Bacon Pasta is loaded with deep smoky flavors of bacon, invigorating diced tomatoes, and fresh spinach! This post is sponsored my Muir Glen.
If your family loves wholesome and hearty pasta dishes that are not only quick to prepare, but also flavor-packed, this meal is for you! this easy pasta dish is made with common, organic and grass-fed ingredients.
You can find everything you need to make this meal at Whole Foods supermarket. For a limited time, get Muir Glen product 10/$10.
Ready to dig in? Check out everything you need to produce this meal for your family and friends to WOW their taste buds.
Chicken Bacon Pasta Ingredients
Each of these wholesome ingredients can be purchased at your local Whole Foods supermarket.
Penne. We used 1 pound of organic variety.
Bacon. Look for a grass-fed variety that has more meat to fat ratio.
Chicken. Grass-fed, white meat tenders are what we used. You can use any white meat variety you prefer.
Spinach. It is super important to purchase this organic whenever possible. We used the baby spinach variety.
Tomato. 1 can of Muir Glen Organic Diced Tomatoes, drained was the perfect tomato to pasta ratio for our family.
Onion. Sweet vidalia variety is a personal preference for pasta dishes. Slice it into thin strips so it cooks quicker.
Why Use Muir Glen Organic Tomatoes?
The answer is quite simple–the folks at Muir Glen share some of the same ethical and environmental beliefs we do. They believe that in order to grow a tastier tomato, it must be grown organically.
Their Sacramento Valley farmers work in unison with bees (natures pollinators) to keep a healthy ecosystem all while producing the best tomatoes for us consumers.
Since not every tomato is ideal to be canned, they have created a composting facility for any tomato waste. Their mission is to not only produce the best tasting tomatoes, but also keep the environment happy.
Our family would love to start a beehive this year because we are adamant about catering to our pollinators needs. We grow only organic vegetables and flower beds that are free of anything that could harm the precious bees. That is why we fully support brands like Muir Glen.
Adding salt to the pasta water adds flavor to otherwise dull pasta.
With the exception of the pasta, this dish cook primarily in a large, deep-walled skillet.
Use an 18″ piece of aluminum foil to loosely cover the pan when frying the bacon. This helps to keep any grease spatter contained.
What to Serve with Chicken Bacon Pasta
This meal pairs perfectly with a light topping of toasted garlic panko bread crumbs. Additionally, you could also add Parmesan cheese to the top. Fresh-baked garlic bread & a small mixed greens salad are complementary sides.
Storing and Reheating Leftovers
The beauty of this pasta dish is that it tastes even better the second or third day of eating it. That is because the ingredients have time to meld which increases the flavor profiles.
To store, simply add cooled pasta to air-tight containers and place them in the refrigerator. To heat, add portions to a microwave-safe plate or dish and heat until warmed throughout.
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Chicken Bacon Pasta with Spinach and Tomato
- 6 quart stockpot
- Large, deep-walled skillet
- 8 ounces cut into chunks chicken breast
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 pound penne pasta
- 4 quarts water
- 8 ounces hickory smoked bacon
- 1 medium organic sweet onion sliced thinly
- 1 14.5 oz can Muir Glen Diced Tomatoes drained
- 3 cups spinach
- Add chunked chicken to a small bowl and toss with black pepper, onion, and garlic powder.
- In a large skillet, add olive oil, and seasoned chicken. Cook chicken for 6 minutes over medium-low heat until internal temperatures reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.
- Bring a large pot of salted water (add 1 tablespoon of salt to 4 quarts of water) to a boil. Add
pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and set aside.
- Add bacon to skillet. Cook over medium heat until crisp.
- Once bacon is crisp, remove from heat and carefully spoon out bacon and set it on a paper
- Leave bacon drippings in the skillet. Over low-medium heat, add onion and cook until tender
for about 2 minutes.
- Add in tomatoes and spinach. Stir and cook until spinach leaves are wilted (about 1 minute).
- Return chicken, and bacon to skillet. Add in drained pasta and stir to combine all the flavors.