Cheesy Ditalini

Sometimes you see something on the shelf at the grocery store and just think – I need to make something with that! That is exactly what happen with I saw Ditalini Pasta last week. I have seen it before but never tried any thing with it. So I decided to bring together some chicken, spinach, and bacon in a creamy sauce to create Cheesy Ditalini.

Cheesy Ditalini

A big bowl of pasta can be so comforting. Making a simple sauce and adding in the bacon and spinach in addition to the chicken will make it seem like this meal is super fancy – when really it’s super easy to make.

You could also make this dish with some rotisserie chicken if you wanted to speed it up even more. I know a lot of people have success getting a couple of rotisserie chickens on Sunday – shredding all the meat off of them right away. Then portioning them into 2-4 meals throughout the week. It can be a real time saver.

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Cheesy Ditalini

Chicken, Spinach and bacon in a creamy sauce over Ditalini Pasta
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword bacon, Cheesy Chicken, Chicken, Pasta, pasta dishes, spinach
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • ½ lb Bacon cut into ½inch pieces
  • 3 cup Spinach chopped
  • lb Ditalini Pasta
  • lb Chicken Breast
  • 1 qt Chicken Broth

For the Sauce

  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 3 tbsp Flour
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Basil
  • 2 cup Parmesan Cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Prepare all of the ingredients. Start water boiling for pasta
  • In a pot over medium heat, add chicken broth and chicken. Cook for 15 minutes. Remove chicken from pot and shred.
  • In a frying pan over medium high heat, add bacon. Cook until crispy and remove to paper towel covered plate. Reserve 1 tbsp of bacon grease.
  • Add pasta to boiling water and cook as directed on package. Drain in colander.
  • In a large sauce pan over medium heat, add butter and reserved bacon. Once melted add garlic and cook for 3 minutes then add flour. Cook for 3 minutes more than whisk in chicken broth. Cook for 3 minutes more and whisk in salt, basil, and heavy cream. Cook for 3 minutes more and add cheese. Once melted add chicken, ¾ of bacon and spinach. Stir to cook at let cook for 3 minutes.
  • In a shallow bowl, place a portion of pasta and ladle sauce over top. Sprinkle with remaining bacon.

Estelle Forrest self-published this cookbook after a lot of playing around in the kitchen. You can purchase your own copy here:

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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

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