Monday, 13 October 2008

Chicken and bacon pasta in garlic cream sauce

I love pasta dishes especially for weeknights. They are quick to cook and usually don't use a dozen pans or dishes for preparation, which means quick washing up too.

Chicken and bacon tend to go well together. The saltiness of bacon (and the extra flavour of the smoked variety) compliments the rather bland taste (though nicely firm texture) of chicken breast. Toss in some garlic and cream and you've got yourself a tasty pasta dish. Peas will add a nice touch of green to the dish and a spot of veg (just add a cup of frozen peas in with the wine or cream), or you can serve it with a side salad or roasted peppers. Following on from my hunt for double cream in Vancouver, this is what I made with the whipping cream and a touch of butter as a substitute.

Chicken and bacon pasta in garlic cream sauce

Ingredients (serves 2):

2 portions of penne pasta
1 chicken breast, sliced into bite-sized pieces
2 rashers of bacon, diced
1 tbsp olive oil
1-2 cloves of garlic, finely sliced
150ml double cream (or whipping cream if you can't find double cream, like me!)
1 small knob of butter
1 small glass of white wine (optional)
Salt and pepper
2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese plus extra for garnish
Small handful of parsley, chopped (or 1 tsp dried)


1. Cook the penne in a pan of boiling water until al dente, about 10-12 minutes, or according to packet instructions.
2. While the pasta is cooking, heat a heavy frying pan on the stove and add the olive oil. Fry off the bacon bits until some of the fat is rendered. Add the garlic and chicken and cook over medium heat until the chicken is cooked through.
3. If using, add the white wine and boil until the liquid is reduced by half. Turn the heat down and add the cream. Simmer the creamy mixture until the sauce thickens, being careful not to overboil, for about 2-3 minutes.
4. Drain the cooked pasta. You can either add the pasta to the pan with the sauce, or add the sauce mixture to the pasta pot (whichever would hold everything!). Add the parmesan cheese and butter and mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Dish out onto plates or bowls, and garnish with parsley and sprinkle of extra parmesan. Serve immediately.

This recipe has been submitted to Presto Pasta Nights, hosted by Judith of Think On It this week.



VeggieGirl said...

Can't go wrong with quick pasta dishes!

noobcook said...

This looks so incredible, it got me drooling hehe All along I have been buying premade cream sauce (shame on me) ... I'm going to try out your version if I manage to find some heavy cream here.

Happy cook said...

Easy and looks so yumm.

Nate-n-Annie said...

We like to use vermouth in these types of dishes.

You should enter this into Presto Pasta Nights.

Beth said...

This sounds delicious - bit of a pain about the double cream thing!!

mycookinghut said...

I love pasta too! In fact,I just had tagliatelle with bacon & petit pois in cream just now! I agree with you that it's quick to prepare and yummy! I feel the same!

Nilmandra said...

Veggiegirl: Indeed, especially for weeknights.

Happy cook: Thanks!
Noobcook: That's what I did too a few years ago when I was in Singapore! That was when I didn't know as much about cream and had no idea how to cook pasta in cream sauce (even though that's one of my fav dishes). It's much easier than I thought and I no longer have to go out to restaurants when I crave it :) Give it a go and see what you think.

Nate n Annie: Oh yes! I've been out of the loop for a while and forgot about Presto Pasta Nights. I'll do that, thanks for the reminder!

Beth: It is a shame, but at least I found a way to substitute that :)

My cooking hut: Ah... bacon and petit pois, a classic :)

Judith in Umbria said...

Bacon and garlic and fast? Wins with me! Thank you.

Ruth Daniels said...

This is a perfect combination even if you can't find double cream. So glad you shared with Presto Pasta Night.

Nilmandra said...

Judith: We feel the same way about garlic and bacon too ;)

Ruth: I'm glad I found a reasonable substitute, and glad to participate in Presto Pasta Night again!

Janice said...

This is Timmy's favourite cream sauce pasta...

Nilmandra said...

Janice: So nice to hear from you! Glad to hear that Timmy has good taste, heh ;)

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