Sunday, January 23, 2011

Creamy Chicken Carbonara

So if you would like an easy pasta dish that will be sure to please everyone at the table, then this is your dish! The creamy pasta sauce, chicken and bacon blend together so well! I personally would never imagine my life without bacon or chicken, lol.
Oh you know you want some! This is by far my favorite pasta recipe. But then again I do love pasta... it's the Italian in me ;-)

* 1 large chicken breast, diced
* 1 pound Penne Pasta
* 2 large egg yolks
* 1 cup heavy cream
* 1 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
* 6 ounces thickly sliced bacon, cut into 1/8-inch dice
* 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
* 1 cup of baby spinach, coarsely chopped
* 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (3 ounces), plus more for serving
* Freshly ground pepper

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the spaghetti until just al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water.

Meanwhile, separate eggs into a small bowl, whisk the egg yolks and cream.

In a large, deep skillet, heat the oil. Add the bacon and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until crisp, 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until golden, 1 minute.

Add spinach cook till wilted, then add diced up, cooked chicken and cook, 5 minutes.

Add the spaghetti to the skillet. Cook over low heat, tossing, until coated. Slowly add the reserved pasta cooking water, beaten egg yolks. Toss until coated with a creamy sauce, about 1 minute.

Add the 1 cup of Parmesan; season with pepper. Transfer to bowls and serve, passing extra Parmesan.

I hope you all enjoy! This is a hearty meal that everyone will love. I know my family sure does!

xoxoxo - Caitlin - Ingenious Poeatery in Motion creator

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