Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Chicken Bacon Pasta


I've had this recipe on my to make list for a long time.  I can't believe I waited so long to try it; it was fantastic!  I did make a couple of changes to the recipe - I added chicken and cut the pasta in half (or doubled the sauce, if you will).  I really think both changes made the dish.

This recipes uses raw eggs.  Don't worry though - the eggs are cooked when you add the hot pasta and pasta water.  I thought this sounded a little like a carbonara.  I've never made Spaghetti Carbonara, but I've added it to the list after enjoying this dish.




Chicken Bacon Pasta
inspired by Tasty Kitchen
(Printable Recipe)




1/2 pound bacon, cooked and roughly chopped
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (or less if you don't want the heat)
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 pound penne pasta
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup cream cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 whole eggs
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
2 grilled chicken breast, sliced (I marinated the chicken in Lawry's Garlic & Herb marinade)


Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until done (according to package instructions).

Place cream and cream cheese in a small saucepan. Heat over low until cream cheese is melted, and whisk until smooth. Remove from heat. Add the parmesan cheese, eggs, garlic powder, red pepper flakes and pepper and whisk until blended.

Drain pasta (reserving 1/2 cup of hot water) and return to pot. Immediately add the white sauce and toss to coat. The hot pasta will cook the eggs. Stir in the bacon, and add some reserved pasta water to loosen the sauce.  Top with grilled chicken.


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44 comments:

  1. This has got to be amazing. Cream an dCream cheese. Yum

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  2. OMG, are you kidding? You have GOT to try carbonara. It's wicked good.

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  3. This looks SO good! I can't wait to try it!!! I featured it on my blog today at ascrapoftime.blogspot.com

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  4. Is this the original recipe or is this with the changes you made?

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  5. Kim - this is my recipe with all the changes

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  6. I just wanted to thank you for this amazing recipe! New family favorite! Already made this twice this week.

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  8. This was fantastic! I was a little scared because I too had never made a sauce with raw eggs, but it was easy and turned out great!

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  9. This was great! The garlic and herb marinade was great on the chicken. I'm subscribing to your blog! Check mine out, too, if you get a chance:) www.momvsmoney.com

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  10. This looks totally amazing! What a great dinner. :)

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  11. I made this with pan seared chicken and added steamed broccoli. It was WONDERFUL! Best dinner we have had in a long time.

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  12. I just made this and it was FABULOUS! I,too, was scared of the raw eggs. I doubled the entire recipe as we like leftovers. I also added broccoli. Everything turned out perfect and very tasty. I did not add the left over 1/2c of noodle water and wished I had. It got really thick. When we warm it up I will add a little milk or water to thin it out! Thanks for the recipe!

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  13. Did you cook the chicken before marinating it? I just thawed out some chickens breasts and can't decide if I want to marinate it or cook it first.

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  14. I love carbonara, and this sounds even better!

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  15. Katie - I haven't tried the recipe without the eggs. If you try it without the eggs, add a little more cream.

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  16. How many servings is this? Two?

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  17. Dawnvb - yes - this will serve two

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  18. Made this for dinner, it was fantastic! I sautéed some red, yellow and mushrooms as well, yummy! Is a new addition to our dinner table :).

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  19. Just made this tonight.. I didn't have cream so I just used skim milk and added a bit more cream cheese. I sautéed the chicken with a little ranch powder and everything turned out delicious!!! Thanks for the recipe!!

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  20. I have never bought heavy cream before...I couldn't find it at my grocery store...I felt like it was looking down from a shelf laughing at me :( what brand do you use?

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  21. Sailing - I usually buy the store brand or Barber's. it is located near the milk - near the half&half and buttermilk.

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  22. What is the calorie count? It looks amazing but slightly calorie heavy lol

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  23. What is the calorie count? It looks amazing but slightly calorie heavy lol

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  24. Tasha - it is definitely not something you want to eat everyday. You can use light cream cheese and substitute evaporated milk for the cream to cut down on the calories. It is worth a splurge though!

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  25. I made this tonight it's so good!!! I wasn't sure about the eggs so instead I doubled the cream and parmesan. I will be making this again!

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  26. What brand is the heavy cream? I know I sound slow lol just trying to make sure it comes out perfect!

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    1. I always buy the store brand of heavy cream. Publix, Target or Walmart. Barber's is the name brand here. I've bought it too. I think they are all the same. Enjoy!

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  27. What brand is the heavy cream? I know I sound slow lol just trying to make sure it comes out perfect!

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  28. Cabt wait to try My friend added broccoli and spinach. .. gonna use her recipe she also added more cheese and bacon.

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  29. Can I cook the3 chicken in the oven instead of grilling it. It's -8 degrees here

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  30. HOMERUN! While trying to find something to make with the chicken breasts I had thawed, I found this post. I didnt want to go to the store so I improvised. No heavy cream, used evaporated milk. Scared of raw eggs too but still chose to try it. It was a hit! Everyone loved it. It has been added to our dinner rotation. I can't wait to try it again but mix it up. Possibilities are endless. Thanks!

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  31. How many does this feed? I am not good st grilling. Is there another I can grill the chicken than on a grill? Thanks

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    1. you could always rub the chicken with some salt, pepper and EVOO and bake in the oven. It will have a nice roasted taste and it works well when adding cooked chicken to a dish.

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  32. How many does this feed? I am not good st grilling. Is there another I can grill the chicken than on a grill? Thanks

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  33. Would this work using a whole box of pasta? 1/2 box wouldnt be enought for my family of 5.

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    1. I make this a least twice a month now and use a whole box of pasta and just double the ingredients for the sauce.

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  34. I LOVED this... almost ate myself into a coma!

    I did doctor it up a little...
    What I did different... I
    I skipped the red pepper and eggs
    used gluten free noodles
    1 cup heavy cream instead of 1/2 cup
    3 strips of bacon instead of 1/2 lb
    mushrooms
    spinach

    This was to die for and made allot... I will defiantly make this again! Thank you for sharing :)

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  35. I plan on trying this tonight. looks easy and yummy.

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  36. Will the eggs give this a scarambled egg taste? Never cooked pasta using raw eggs before.

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