Saturday, November 5, 2011

Spinach and Bacon Pasta Toss

This is one of our Favorites.  Super yummy and takes about 20 minutes to make but so worth it. 

Spinach and Bacon Pasta Toss
by: Home Run Recipes

1 lb Wide Egg Noodles
3/4 cup Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing
1 pt. Cherry Tomatoes, halved
1 lb. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, defrosted and chopped  
1 bag(6oz) Fresh Baby Spinach Leaves (4cups)
1 cup Kraft finely shredded Italian style 5 or 6 cheese blend, divided
8 slices Bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled

Defrost Chicken and cube it.  Cook Bacon and crumble.  Cook noodles according to package reserve 1/2 cup water (I never remember to do this and it still taste great).  Meanwhile in a large skillet heat dressing, then add chicken and cook about 7 min. till it is done.  Add cherry tomatoes and cook for one minute.  Stir in noodles and reserved 1/2 water or tap water.  Remove from heat. Add Spinach, 1/2 cup cheese, and bacon, toss lightly to combine.  Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.  **** To give it more flavor add 1/4 to 1/2 cup more dressing.  The noodles sometimes soak up the moisture and you don't want this dry.  I have always added more dressing.

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