GARLIC CREAM SAUCE PASTA

October 13, 2016

Generally, I do not prefer a cream sauce with my pastas. But boy, can I go for this one. The big garlic flavor makes it totally work for me. Mincing garlic can be a pain. If you have a garlic press, those are so handy, but if not I do not mind (and maybe prefer) leaving my garlic in larger slices. It is not as meticulous to mince and still distributes the taste evenly through the sauce.

garlic-cream-sauce-pasta-copyGARLIC CREAM SAUCE PASTA
Serves 3 to 4

1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons olive oil
5 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups spinach
1 cup half and half
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flake
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1 pound rigatoni pasta, cooked al dente
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and sliced
1/2 cup cooked bacon, crumbled

In a large pan over medium heat, saute tomatoes in olive oil for 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and spinach and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add half and half, basil, oregano, thyme, red pepper flake, salt, and pepper to pan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add parmesan and reduce to simmer. Stir until cheese is melted, about 1-2 minutes. Toss pasta with sauce, sliced chicken, and bacon. Top with additional parmesan.

GARLIC CREAM SAUCE PASTA
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup half and half
  • ½ teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flake
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 pound rigatoni pasta, cooked al dente
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and sliced
  • ½ cup cooked bacon, crumbled
Instructions
  1. In a large pan over medium heat, saute tomatoes in olive oil for 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and spinach and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Add half and half, basil, oregano, thyme, red pepper flake, salt, and pepper to pan and bring to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, add parmesan and reduce to simmer. Stir until cheese is melted, about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Toss pasta with sauce, sliced chicken, and bacon. Top with additional parmesan.

Adapted from Julia’s Album.

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