Pasta, pasta, pasta! It’s such a comforting food. Whether it’s dressed in a garlic cream sauce or smothered in a bolognese, it’s just plain good!
Angel hair pasta is my favorite but, when I need a thicker, hearty pasta I crave penne. The sauce clings to those little tubes and holds up to any type of meats you want to add to it. That’s why I chose to use it in this recipe.
This is one of those WOW recipes! My husband has requested it for many birthday dinners, but sometimes I like to sneak it in here and there when I “need” a truly comforting pasta dish.
I’ve even placed the whole thing in a deep baking dish, sprinkled it with a little fresh mozzarella, and placed it under the broiler for a minute or two. Don’t say I didn’t warn you that this pasta dish is to DIE FOR!
Rustic Chicken Pasta
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin
1/2 a cup of all purpose flour
1 tsp of garlic powder
1/2 tsp pepper
Four strips of thick bacon, cubed
1 lb smoke sausage link, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
1 TBSP olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 tsp rosemary, chopped
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 lb uncooked penne pasta
Fresh parsley, chopped
Cook pasta according to directions. Drain and set aside. In a medium
bowl mix together flour, garlic powder and pepper. Dredge chicken in
flour mixture and set aside.
In a large saute skillet over medium high heat brown your cut bacon
and sausage until slightly crisp. Once cooked remove to a paper towel
Drain off any excess grease leaving about 1 TBSP in the pan. Place
chicken into hot oil and brown. About 2 minutes on each side or until
cooked through and no longer pink. Remove chicken to a plate and let
Completely drain off all grease, leaving any bits in the
pan. Add in olive oil and red bell pepper and sauté for 3 minutes over
medium high heat. Add in minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds stirring
Pour in chicken broth and scrape up any bits stuck to the pan. Bring
to a boil and cook for 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low and mix in
rosemary, red pepper flakes, cream and Parmesan cheese. Stir until
smooth. Continue cooking on low until slightly thickened, about 4
Thinly slice chicken breasts into strips. Add chicken, bacon,
sausage, and pasta into the sauce. Stir until well coated. Season with
salt if needed. Garnish with chopped parsley.