Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Spaghetti Amatriciana for the Whole Family

This is a healthier version of this traditional Italian dish.  I use whole wheat pasta, turkey bacon instead of pancetta, and added some veggies to the dish too. This has become a staple in our house.  My husband, and son love it. It's easy to make, and so delicious.  You can cut this up into bite size pieces for little one's 12+ months.

Here's what you need for 4 to 6 servings:
1 lb whole wheat spaghetti
16 oz container diced tomatoes
6 slices turkey bacon
2 cups baby spinach
1/2 large onion finely diced
3 to 4 boneless skinless chicken breast cut into slices or 1 inch cubes
cooking spray
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil. Add pasta and cook according to package. Reserve 1/4 cup pasta water and then drain the rest. While pasta is cooking, lightly season the chicken with salt and pepper. Spray a skillet with cooking spray and cook chicken for 5 to 7 minutes on both sides. Heat another large deep skillet over medium high heat, place bacon in skillet and cook until crispy. Remove bacon once cooked and spray skillet with cooking spray. Add diced onion and cook until tender (about 2 minutes). Crumble bacon and add it back to the skillet. Add tomatoes, spinach, pepper,  and cooked chicken (add red pepper flakes if you choose to use them at this point). Cover and let simmer until spinach wilts. Add pasta and pasta water to skillet, toss to coat, serve and enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Have you had Costco's Turkey Bacon. It is hickory smoked and I was wondering if that would still work with this recipe?


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