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Cheesy Chicken Bacon Broccoli Pasta

This is like an ultra creamy, cheesy broccoli soup with bacon, chicken, and pasta!! Seriously what on earth could be better? Cheesy. Bacon. Pasta. Need I say more??

This pasta honestly has so much going for it. It’s like an ultra creamy, cheesy broccoli soup with bacon, chicken, and pasta. Seriously what on earth could be better??  ? Cheesy. Bacon. Pasta. Need I say more?? ?

This is like an ultra creamy, cheesy broccoli soup with bacon, chicken, and pasta!! Seriously what on earth could be better? Cheesy. Bacon. Pasta. Need I say more??

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Make this tonight for a dinner that everyone will love!!!

This is like an ultra creamy, cheesy broccoli soup with bacon, chicken, and pasta!! Seriously what on earth could be better? Cheesy. Bacon. Pasta. Need I say more??

All you need to make this creamy pasta are a few simple ingredients: chicken, bacon, pasta, cheese, broccoli, garlic, tomatoes, chicken broth, and heavy whipping cream.

This is like an ultra creamy, cheesy broccoli soup with bacon, chicken, and pasta!! Seriously what on earth could be better? Cheesy. Bacon. Pasta. Need I say more??

Let’s start with the broccoli florets.

This is like an ultra creamy, cheesy broccoli soup with bacon, chicken, and pasta!! Seriously what on earth could be better? Cheesy. Bacon. Pasta. Need I say more??

Start by chopping them into bite-sized pieces. The smaller the better if you have picky eaters. Move to a bowl or plate and set aside.

This is like an ultra creamy, cheesy broccoli soup with bacon, chicken, and pasta!! Seriously what on earth could be better? Cheesy. Bacon. Pasta. Need I say more??

Now find some really good, thick cut bacon…

This is like an ultra creamy, cheesy broccoli soup with bacon, chicken, and pasta!! Seriously what on earth could be better? Cheesy. Bacon. Pasta. Need I say more??

And cut it into bite-sized pieces.

This is like an ultra creamy, cheesy broccoli soup with bacon, chicken, and pasta!! Seriously what on earth could be better? Cheesy. Bacon. Pasta. Need I say more??

You can also use kitchen shears to cut it right into the pan. I’m using a 12-inch skillet here, but you may want to use a large pot with high sides, like a dutch oven. We’re going to be adding a lot of goodness to this dish. :)

This is like an ultra creamy, cheesy broccoli soup with bacon, chicken, and pasta!! Seriously what on earth could be better? Cheesy. Bacon. Pasta. Need I say more??

Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until crispy, about 5-7 minutes.

This is like an ultra creamy, cheesy broccoli soup with bacon, chicken, and pasta!! Seriously what on earth could be better? Cheesy. Bacon. Pasta. Need I say more??

Meanwhile, cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces, about 1-inch cubes.

This is like an ultra creamy, cheesy broccoli soup with bacon, chicken, and pasta!! Seriously what on earth could be better? Cheesy. Bacon. Pasta. Need I say more??

And season generously with salt and pepper.

This is like an ultra creamy, cheesy broccoli soup with bacon, chicken, and pasta!! Seriously what on earth could be better? Cheesy. Bacon. Pasta. Need I say more??

When the bacon is done, remove it to a plate with a slotted spoon. Add the chicken to the pan (with the bacon grease) in a single layer and cook for 5 minutes, until golden and browned, flipping once halfway through. Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon to the same plate with the bacon.

This is like an ultra creamy, cheesy broccoli soup with bacon, chicken, and pasta!! Seriously what on earth could be better? Cheesy. Bacon. Pasta. Need I say more??

If you have excess, remove all but 2 tablespoons of the remaining bacon grease. Then add the diced onions and broccoli.

This is like an ultra creamy, cheesy broccoli soup with bacon, chicken, and pasta!! Seriously what on earth could be better? Cheesy. Bacon. Pasta. Need I say more??

I am using frozen, pre-diced onions here. I love them! No more crying while chopping onions!

This is like an ultra creamy, cheesy broccoli soup with bacon, chicken, and pasta!! Seriously what on earth could be better? Cheesy. Bacon. Pasta. Need I say more??

Cook the veggies, stirring occasionally, until golden and browned, about 5-7 minutes.

This is like an ultra creamy, cheesy broccoli soup with bacon, chicken, and pasta!! Seriously what on earth could be better? Cheesy. Bacon. Pasta. Need I say more??

And the garlic and stir to combine until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

This is like an ultra creamy, cheesy broccoli soup with bacon, chicken, and pasta!! Seriously what on earth could be better? Cheesy. Bacon. Pasta. Need I say more??

Remove the veggies to the plate with the chicken and bacon.

Then sit back and think about the fact that all this goodness (golden chicken, crispy bacon, caramelized onions, garlic broccoli) is about to go into a cheesy pasta. Hallelujah.

This is like an ultra creamy, cheesy broccoli soup with bacon, chicken, and pasta!! Seriously what on earth could be better? Cheesy. Bacon. Pasta. Need I say more??

In the same pan (again, you’ll want something large with high sides here), add the chicken broth, cream, diced tomatoes, uncooked pasta, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine and bring to a boil. Cover, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

This is like an ultra creamy, cheesy broccoli soup with bacon, chicken, and pasta!! Seriously what on earth could be better? Cheesy. Bacon. Pasta. Need I say more??

Until the pasta is tender and sauce is thickened.

This is like an ultra creamy, cheesy broccoli soup with bacon, chicken, and pasta!! Seriously what on earth could be better? Cheesy. Bacon. Pasta. Need I say more??

Add the cheese and stir to combine to create the ultra creamy, cheesy sauce.

This is like an ultra creamy, cheesy broccoli soup with bacon, chicken, and pasta!! Seriously what on earth could be better? Cheesy. Bacon. Pasta. Need I say more??

Finally, add the chicken, bacon, and veggies back into the pan and stir to combine.

This is like an ultra creamy, cheesy broccoli soup with bacon, chicken, and pasta!! Seriously what on earth could be better? Cheesy. Bacon. Pasta. Need I say more??

Cheesy. Chicken. Bacon. Broccoli. Pasta.

This is like an ultra creamy, cheesy broccoli soup with bacon, chicken, and pasta!! Seriously what on earth could be better? Cheesy. Bacon. Pasta. Need I say more??

It’s decadently creamy, ultra cheesy, AND… there’s bacon. Make this pasta ASAP. The end.

This is like an ultra creamy, cheesy broccoli soup with bacon, chicken, and pasta!! Seriously what on earth could be better? Cheesy. Bacon. Pasta. Need I say more??

This is like an ultra creamy, cheesy broccoli soup with bacon, chicken, and pasta!! Seriously what on earth could be better? Cheesy. Bacon. Pasta. Need I say more??

This is like an ultra creamy, cheesy broccoli soup with bacon, chicken, and pasta!! Seriously what on earth could be better? Cheesy. Bacon. Pasta. Need I say more??

This is like an ultra creamy, cheesy broccoli soup with bacon, chicken, and pasta!! Seriously what on earth could be better? Cheesy. Bacon. Pasta. Need I say more??

Cheesy Chicken Bacon Broccoli Pasta

Yield: 6 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices thick cut bacon, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cups diced onion (about 1 onion)
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups broccoli florets, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (10 oz) can Ro-Tel tomatoes and green chiles
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 oz (about 3 cups) penne pasta
  • 1 teaspoon salt and pepper, each
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions:

  1. In a large pot with high sides, or a dutch oven, cook bacon over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until browned and crispy, about 5-7 minutes. Remove to a plate with a slotted spoon.
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper to taste. In the same pot with the bacon grease, arrange the chicken in a single layer. Cook for 5 minutes until golden and browned, flipping once halfway through. Remove with a slotted spoon to the plate with the bacon. If necessary, remove all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease from the pan. Increase heat to high, add the onions and broccoli, and cook until the onions are golden and brown, about 5-7 minutes. Decrease heat to low, add garlic and stir to combine until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Remove all the veggies to the plate with the chicken and bacon.
  3. Add the broth, Rotel, cream, pasta, salt, and pepper to the pot. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken, bacon, and veggies back into the pot and stir to combine until heated through, 1-2 minutes. Turn off the heat, add the cheese and stir until smooth and melted. Serve and enjoy!! :)

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