Do you need more easy weeknight dinner recipes for families? This One Pot Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Bacon Pasta is just what you’re looking for!
The dish is made with lean chicken breasts, penne pasta, dried tomatoes, bacon, garlic, white wine, broth and milk.
The creamy sauce has no cream at all, so this is the perfect healthy meal idea.
With two little kids at home now, I’m having to organize my kitchen game more than ever.
Although on a side note, who would have thought that a toddler could be more exhausting than a newborn?
The baby is usually happily napping in her bassinet (unless she’s hungry, must be in her genes) while Em is
trying to destroy the entire house slightly displeased.
I’m pretty well set up in the kitchen, though with just a two year old I definitely started to have more time and energy to cook than I do now.
Oops. But I don’t think anyone minds another easy one pot dinner recipe, right?!
Also, this one has bacon. And if you haven’t noticed with the bacon wrapped meatloaf, the butternut squash mac and cheese with bacon and all the other bacon recipes on Savory Nothings – I’m pretty in love with the stuff.
A few hints to make sure this tomato chicken bacon pasta is a true no-fail recipe:
Don’t be scared to get things truly browned
No, you don’t need to burn your food.
But do try to stick it out long enough until there’s actually some browned bits at the bottom of the pan to scratch away.
The more browning and caramelizing you allow to happen, the richer the taste of your food will be since the cooking time is so fast.
Be careful when adding the milk
This is mostly true if you’re using the white wine.
Because of the heat and the acid, the milk is prone to splitting. The trick is to take the pot off the heat before adding the milk, pouring it in slowly while stirring vigorously.
Sounds more complicated than it is ? but the faster you can stir it in, the better! And once it’s all incorporated, you can bring it back up to a simmer to thicken the sauce.
Add extra liquid if your family fights over the sauce
If you happen to have a few sauce addicts in the family (not that I would know anything about this ? ), you can easily add more milk to make a larger amount of the creamy sauce.
If it’s not thick enough for your taste with the extra liquid, thicken the sauce by mixing 1 teaspoon cornstarch with 1 tablespoon cold milk and stirring it into the simmering pot of pasta.
This is a meal to be eaten right away
I get a lot of questions on my one pot pasta recipes about making them ahead or freezing. I do absolutely not recommend this.
The reason is simple: The pasta will soak up all the liquid, turn into mush and yet the dish will still be dry because all the sauce is gone.
Dry, mushy pasta? No thanks. This is a fairly quick meal as-is, so reserve it for the nights you have at least 30 minutes to get dinner on the table.
If you want to stock up your freezer with a few make-ahead meals, rather go for things like stews or casseroles that are freezer-friendly.
If you need a quick and easy meal you can make in a pinch, get the printable one pot sun-dried tomato chicken bacon pasta recipe here:
- 1 tsp oil
- 3 tbsp chopped bacon
- 2 chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 10 sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1/2 cup white wine, optional, use more broth as a substitute
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 4 cups penne pasta
- 1 cup milk
- Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook for one minute. Add the chicken and cook until browned.
- Add the onion, garlic, tomatoes and Italian seasoning to the pot and cook for another 2-3 minutes while stirring often.
- Once the pot is sizzling hot and the bottom is starting to brown, pour in the white wine (or 1/2 cup chicken broth if not using wine). Bring the wine to a boil while scratching the browned bits off the bottom of the pot.
- Pour the chicken broth into the pot, add the pasta and stir well. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until the pasta is almost done.
- Take the pot off the heat and quickly stir the milk into the pasta. Bring back to a low simmer until the sauce has thickened slightly, around 1 minute. Serve immediately.
Nutrition (this is an estimate)
By the way: Thanks to 30 Minute Thursday there’s plenty more easy meals to choose from by my favorite fellow food bloggers:
Turkey, Apple & Brie Panini by Pumpkin ‘N Spice
5 Ingredient One Pot Pasta with Chicken Sausage by Kristine’s Kitchen
Kale and Quinoa Salad Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Apples and Pecans by Floating Kitchen
Cheeseburger Macaroni: 30 Minute Thursday by My Kitchen Craze
Mediterranean Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner by Sweet Peas & Saffron
One Pot Turkey Mushroom Tortellini by Bake.Eat.Repeat
One Pot Teriyaki Chicken Zoodles by Life Made Sweeter
One-Pot Basil Sausage Caprese Pasta by Whole and Heavenly Oven