You know you are cooking like a mother when you have a recipe that brings together several generations of family members. And while feeding multiple generations with different preferences can be challenging, this devouring Italian chicken pasta will appeal to the younger and not-so-young generations alike. With RAGÚ® Chunky Tomato Garlic Onion Sauce on your side, you and your multi-generational sous chefs can whip up a meal that features half a serving of vegetables with every half cup of sauce while delivering an irresistible garlic and onion flavor.
But first, you have to bribe your family to join you in the kitchen. That’s how:
This fragrant Italian chicken pasta owes its decadent sauce to bacon and heavy cream. Enough to feel deliciously pampered without being too rich.
Of course, any recipe in which bacon plays a prominent role will have your family casually wandering around the kitchen to find out what’s cooking. Need we say more?
Involve everyone in the preparation
The act of preparing and sharing a meal with your family is about much more than providing physical nutrition. It’s also about bringing everyone together. And it can be absolutely delicious without being complicated.
Even a simple, mostly one-skillet Italian chicken pasta can be broken down into easy tasks for each member of the family. The little ones can help pluck up the fresh basil leaves that will garnish the dish. Older children can make spaghetti or chop up the crispy bacon while another adult supervises them. The more independent and experienced family members can cut and cook the chicken. With a recipe like this, there is a task for everyone.
Don’t forget your bottle of RAGÚ® Chunky Tomato, Garlic and Onion Sauce. Who in your family has the muscles to open that lid? Spoiler: everyone, because it’s that easy to add delicious flavor to your dinner.
Share family stories
When you bring multiple generations together in the same room, there are likely to be many stories. Not sure how to break the ice? Start with open-ended questions like these:
- What was an interesting thing that happened to you today?
- What went well today?
- Which of the ingredients for today’s dinner are you most excited about?
- And for us older family members: What were your favorite baby foods?
All you need to do is get the conversation going. You will be amazed at how willing your family is to share your day once the ice is broken. Now if Grandma wants to share embarrassing stories about you, there is nothing we can do about it. But at least everyone is joining in, right?
Reap the rewards
Having all your hands on deck makes dinner prep quicker, not to mention so much more fun. Those forty-five minutes in the kitchen will fly by. With an easy meal like this, you can keep it rustic by sliding the pan across the table. Hey, it’s one less thing to clean up, and the presentation is drool worthy.
Not only did you make dinner with less work (thanks, family), but it is absolutely devourable.
Raise a glass. You’ve won dinner time again.
Italian chicken pasta recipe
For 4 persons
- 12 oz. spaghetti or angel hair
- 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
- 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 pounds)
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 6 slices of bacon
- 24 oz Jar of RAGÚ® Chunky Tomato, Garlic and Onion Sauce
- 3 cups baby spinach
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Freshly cut basil, for garnish
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve a cup of pasta water before draining. Set aside.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil once the pan is hot. Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook until golden brown, about 8 minutes per side or internal temperature reaches 185 degrees F. Let rest for 10 minutes before cutting.
- In the same skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Drain the bacon on paper towels. Carefully pour half of the bacon fat from the skillet.
- Add a whole jar of RAGÚ® Chunky Tomato, Garlic and Onion Sauce. Cook over medium heat until sauce is hot. Add the spinach and still until slightly wilted. Add the heavy cream, Parmesan, and ½ cup reserved pasta water. Stir to combine.
- Add the cooked pasta and mix until completely covered before adding the chicken and bacon. If you prefer a looser sauce, add more pasta water.
- Garnish with torn basil leaves.
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