I’ve been on a roll when it comes to trying new recipes. My whole meal plan for the last couple weeks consisted of new recipes to try. With Pinterest and a couple good food blogs at your fingertips, why eat the same things over and over again?
Originally when I found this recipe on Pinterest and clicked through, it did not produce the actual recipe. That’s always frustrating. But I kept looking and finally found it on a blog called Julia’s Album, so I was able to give it a try. And can I just say, it is equally as tasty as anything you could order at Olive Garden. My daughter said, even better.
I did most of the meal prep ahead of time. Even though my daughter was stopping in for an “eat and run” meal, it’s always more fun to try a new recipe with another person. So, I grated the Parmesan cheese ahead and set it aside.
And fried up the bacon.
And prepped all the chopped vegetables. I usually do things as I go when preparing a recipe, but this recipe comes together quickly at the end, and it is necessary to have everything ready to go.
Closer to the projected time to eat, I cooked up the chicken. The recipe says to cook the chicken in olive oil, but I cooked it in the leftover grease from the fried bacon. You don’t have to do this, but I felt like it would certainly add to the flavor of the meal. This chicken was so tasty, tender, and juicy, that if I was making “stand alone” chicken for a meal, I would definitely choose this method to prepare it.
After cooking and setting the chicken aside, add the spinach, tomatoes, and garlic, which cook up very quickly.
In rapid succession, the half and half is added and brought to a boil, followed by the Parmesan cheese, precooked pasta, and chicken.
Ready to serve, this recipe is not only very tasty, but pretty to look at too.
Perfect for a family meal or friends, it will certainly be a crowd pleaser.
I hope you get a chance to try this winter pasta meal. I know I will definitely be making it again, not only for myself, but it will become one of my “go to” recipes when company is coming.