Hearty Tuscan Chicken Pasta



12 oz.
spaghetti or angel hair
1 tbsp.
extra-virgin olive oil
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 pounds)
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
6 slices bacon
2 cloves garlic
2 c.
diced tomatoes (fresh or canned)
3 c. baby spinach
1/2 c.
heavy cream
1/3 c.
freshly grated Parmesan

Freshly torn basil, for garnish

In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook until golden and no longer pink inside, about 8 minutes per side. Let rest 10 minutes, then thinly slice.

Meanwhile, in same skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crispy, 8 minutes. Drain on a paper towel–lined plate, then chop. Pour off half of fat from skillet.

Add garlic, tomatoes, and spinach to skillet and cook over medium heat until fragrant and slightly wilted, 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, then add heavy cream, Parmesan, and 1/2 cup of reserved pasta water. Simmer 5 minutes.

Add cooked pasta and toss until fully coated, then add chicken and bacon and toss until combined. (For a looser sauce, stir in more reserved pasta water.)

Garnish with basil before serving.

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