You know you cook like a mother when you have a recipe that brings together generations of family members. And while it can be difficult to feed multiple generations with different preferences, this devouring Italian chicken pasta will appeal to young and old alike. With RAGÚ® Chunky Tomato, Garlic and Onion Sauce On the other hand, you and your multigenerational sous chefs can whip up a meal that squeezes half a serving of veggies with every half cup of sauce while delivering an irresistible garlic and onion flavor.
But first, you have to bribe your family to join you in the kitchen. Here’s how:
This fragrant Italian chicken pasta owes its decadent bacon and heavy cream sauce. Just enough to feel deliciously spoiled without being too rich.
Of course, any recipe where bacon plays a prominent role will have your family casually strolling around the kitchen to find out what’s cooking. Need we say more?
Involve everyone in the preparation
There is more to preparing and sharing a meal with your family than just physical eating. It is also about bringing everyone together. And it can be absolutely delicious without being complicated.
Even simple Italian chicken pasta, mostly single-pan, can be broken down into easy tasks for each member of the family. Toddlers can help tear up the fresh basil leaves that will garnish the dish. Older children can take care of the spaghetti or chop the crispy bacon under the supervision of another adult. More independent and experienced family members can cut and cook the chicken. With a recipe like this, there is a task for everyone.
Don’t forget your pot of RAGÚ® Chunky Tomato, Garlic and Onion Sauce, That is. Who in your family has the muscles to blow that lid off? Spoiler: Everyone, because adding a mouthwatering flavor to your dinner is so easy.
Share family stories
When you bring several generations together in the same room, there are bound to be a lot of stories. Don’t know how to break the ice? Start with open-ended questions like these:
- What is the interesting thing that happened to you today?
- What went well today?
- Which of today’s dinner ingredients are you most passionate about?
- And for us older family members: what were your favorite childhood foods?
All you have to do is start the conversation. You will be surprised at how willing your family will share their day after you break the ice. Now, if Grandma wants to share embarrassing stories about you, there is nothing we can do about it. But at least everyone hooks up, right?
Collect the rewards
Having all your hands on the deck speeds up dinner prep, not to mention a lot more fun. Those forty-five minutes in the kitchen will pass very quickly. With an easy meal like this, you can keep it rustic by sliding the pan across the dinner table. Hey, that’s one less thing to clean up, and the presentation is to die for.
Not only did you cook dinner with less work (thank you, family), but it’s utterly devourable.
Raise a glass. You’ve won dinner time again.
Italian Chicken Pasta Recipe
For 4 people
- 12 oz spaghetti or angel hair
- 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
- 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 pounds)
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 6 slices of bacon
- 24 ounce jar of RAGÚ® Chunky Tomato, Garlic and Onion Sauce
- 3 cups baby spinach
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
- Freshly torn basil, for garnish
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve a cup of pasta water before draining. Put aside.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil when the pan is hot. Season the chicken with S&P and cook until golden, about 8 minutes per side or the internal temperature reaches 185 degrees F. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.
- In the same pan, cook the bacon over medium heat until crispy. Drain the bacon on paper towels. Carefully remove half of the bacon fat from the pan.
- Add a whole pot of RAGÚ® Chunky Tomato, Garlic & Onion Sauce. Cook over medium heat until the sauce is hot. Add the spinach and again until slightly wilted. Add heavy cream, Parmesan and ½ cup reserved cooking water. Stir to combine.
- Add the cooked pasta and toss until completely coated before adding the chicken and bacon. If you prefer a looser sauce, add more water for the pasta.
- Garnish with torn basil leaves