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Creamy Chicken and Bacon Pasta

Recipe video above. For all those days when nothing but a creamy pasta will do! This one is loaded with all the essential food groups - chicken, bacon, cream and parmesan. It's saucier and richer than the classic Alfredo.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dinner, Pasta
Servings: 2
Calories: 946kcal
Author: Nagi | RecipeTin Eats

Ingredients

  • 6 oz / 180 g fettuccine or other pasta
  • 5 -7 oz / 150 - 200 g bacon , chopped
  • 6 oz / 180 g chicken breast , cut in half horizontally
  • 1 tbsp (30 g) butter
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/2 small onion , finely chopped (brown, white or yellow)
  • 3/4 cup (185ml) heavy cream / thickened cream
  • 3/4 cup (185ml) pasta cooking water (Note 1)
  • 1/2 cup FRESH grated parmesan (or 1/4 cup store bought grated) (Note 2)

To Serve

  • Fresh parsley
  • Parmesan

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add pasta and cook for time per packet MINUS 2 minutes (finishes cooking in Sauce).
  • SCOOP OUT a mugful of pasta cooking water, then drain.
  • Meanwhile, cook bacon until golden, drain on paper towels.
  • Season chicken on both sides, cook in bacon fat, 2 minutes each side.
  • Wipe pan - optional, to keep sauce pretty and white, and for a buttery clean tasting sauce rather than very bacony (Note 3).
  • Over medium heat, melt butter. Add garlic and onion, cook for 3 - 4 minutes until onion is light golden and soft.
  • Add cream, about 3/4 cup pasta water and parmesan. Stir, then simmer for 2 minutes until it reduces slightly - you don’t need to be exact here. Season with salt & pepper.
  • Add pasta and toss gently in the sauce for about 1 1/2 minutes. The sauce will thicken and coat the pasta, do this step until you get the sauce consistency you want. If your sauce gets too thick, add a splash of pasta water.
  • Toss through bacon and chicken.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with parmesan and parsley!

Notes

1. Just before you drain the pasta, scoop out a mugful of the pasta cooking water. This will be used for the sauce - the starch in the water reacts with the oil in the cream / butter and thickens the sauce.
2. Fresh grated parmesan is finer than store bought so it melts in the sauce. If you use store bought, ensure you use a finely grated one otherwise it won't melt properly so the sauce won't be silky smooth (flavour will still be delish though!)
3. I know it feels like a crime to throw out the bacon fat. I actually photographed and filmed this without wiping the pan and not using butter, but I really just felt the sauce tasted too bacony. Also it was brown instead of white. :) So that's why I wipe the pan. You don't have to. You could skip the butter and use the bacon fat instead. But it will taste much more bacony, bordering on greasy rather than buttery creamy sauce (depending on how fatty the bacon is), and the colour will be light brown instead of white.
4. I'm providing the nutrition analysis reluctantly. I told you - this is indulgent. And worth it!!! :)
Nutrition is per serving. This takes into account 1 1/2 tbsp of fat that is discarded after cooking the bacon. 271 calories of the total 946 calories is attributable to the bacon. If you use ham instead of bacon (really yum!), it reduces to 790 calories per serving.
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Nutrition

Serving: 318g | Calories: 946kcal | Carbohydrates: 54.4g | Protein: 57.4g | Fat: 54.6g | Saturated Fat: 24.9g | Cholesterol: 276mg | Sodium: 1444mg | Potassium: 745mg | Sugar: 0.8g | Vitamin A: 20% | Vitamin C: 4% | Calcium: 32% | Iron: 23%