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Creamy Chicken Bacon Pasta Bake

An easy, fuss-free creamy chicken and bacon pasta bake that can be prepared within 30 minutes. It makes a hearty weeknight meal!
Course:Main Course
Cuisine:American
Keywords:chicken bacon pasta
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories683 kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 oz linguine pasta or other pasta of your choice
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • 1/2 white or yellow onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 strips cooked bacon chopped
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups of half and half
  • 1 cup chicken broth or stock
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • leaves Fresh basil optional
  • leaves Fresh oregano optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F/180C.
  • Cook and drain the pasta according to the directions in the package and set aside.
  • While pasta is cooking, melt butter in a large and heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 4-5 minutes until translucent. Do not let brown! Add the garlic powder, chopped bacon, and let cook, stirring constantly, for about 1 minute. Add the flour and stir to combine, then cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Add the half and half, broth/stock, salt, and pepper. Whisk for 1 minute, in small circles around the frying pan, until it starts to thicken. Then add the diced tomatoes. Increase the heat to medium high and cook, stirring constantly, for around 5 minutes or until thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. Taste and adjust the seasonings if necessary.
  • Add the chicken, cooked pasta, and cheddar cheese and mix through. Let it cook for around 1 minute on the stove, then remove from heat.
  • Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 8 minutes or until cheese is melted. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 2 minutes. Serve while it is still hot, garnished with fresh basil leaves and oregano, if desired. This chicken bacon pasta bake can also be served with a sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese and fresh grape tomatoes on top if desired. If you would like to, sprinkle on a bit of red pepper flakes, too.

Nutrition

Calories: 683kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 2053mg | Potassium: 540mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 845IU | Vitamin C: 14.4mg | Calcium: 295mg | Iron: 2.3mg
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