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Cheesy Chicken Carbonara Pasta

Do you need a quick dinner, easy to make and fun to eat? Try this Cheesy Chicken Carbonara Pasta!

I love when I am cooking dinner and my son comes in to ask, “What’s that good smell, Mom?” And anytime I cook onions or bacon I get that question! This dish has both onions and bacon so the smell is doubly good!

This Cheesy Chicken Carbonara Pasta is affectionately known in our house as “Baconguine.” It was just a fun name that described this pasta dish and the name stuck. Bacon and linguine. Add some chicken, broccoli and cheese and you have one delicious meal!

Do you need another reason to make this? It’s a somewhat healthier version of most recipes for chicken carbonara that you will find. How’s that for the win? Bacon in a recipe that is considered healthier?! Plus, this dish comes together fairly quickly. Especially if you already have some cooked chicken on hand.

Cheesy Chicken Carbonara Pasta

Cheesy Chicken Carbonara Pasta

Serves: 6

If you already have cooked chicken on hand, by all means, use that and forgo the step of cooking the chicken!

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces linguine
  • ¾ cup low-fat or skim milk
  • ⅓ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large chicken breast or 1 cup cooked chicken, chopped or shredded
  • 1 12 ounces package frozen broccoli

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to directions on package.
  • Cut chicken breast into small, bite-sized pieces. Place chicken in a medium pan and cook until cooked through. Set aside once done.
  • In a large measuring cup or bowl, whisk together the milk, Parmesan, egg, salt, and pepper.
  • Thaw broccoli according to the directions on the package. Set aside.
  • While the chicken is cooking, fry the bacon in a separate pan. Once the bacon is done the cooking, remove to a paper towel-lined plate. Pour off the grease, leave about 1 tablespoon in the pan. Add the onion and saute until golden. Add the cooked chicken until all is warmed through. Next, add the linguine, the milk mixture, and broccoli to the pan. Toss the pasta and milk mixture together and cook until the sauce is warmed through and thick and creamy, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.

Recipe Source: Comfort Classics

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