Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins
I was craving a good, warm, hearty pasta dish on the first cool day of Autumn. I came up with this by accident, just using what I had on hand. The 8oz. box of penne is a guess...I just know it was a regular size box of Mueller's penne...and I just used 1/2 of it!
- Put chicken in pot with water and bay leaves. I used about 1 tablespoon of chopped dried bay leaves. Boil the chicken until done. I boil it low so it doesn't get tough and infuses the flavor of the dried bay leaves.
- Meanwhile, fried the bacon low. When almost done, put 1 tablespoon of garlic in with it and about 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder. Take bacon and garlic up when the bacon is done - drain on paper towel. You will reserve one tablespoon or so of the grease, but dump the rest out. Add a little margarine to the bacon grease and then two tablespoons of flour (to make a paste). After the paste is made, slowly add cream while you are stirring. If you add it slowly, a little at a time, you can watch the sauce thicken and doesn't take as long over heat to thicken it. After the sauce is thickened, add a tablespoon of garlic, pepper and salt to taste. Reduce to low heat and stir frequently while you cook the 1/2 box of penne pasta (11 minutes till done). Drain pasta, put that in cream sauce. After chicken is done, chop it and mix that into the pasta and cream sauce. Mix together nicely and top with drained (chopped) bacon! Add some parmesan on top if you wish. Delicious! Serve with a salad.
Really great dish for a "comfort food" kind of night!