In my last post, I shared the idea of making a simple meal for holiday parties. I suggested a big pasta dish as something easy to make for a crowd. This year, we hosted a Christmas party for our small group bible study. I decided to make pasta because it is easy to make and most everyone likes it. The great thing about making pasta is you can put almost anything together and have a great dish that is nutritious and beautiful. Now, before I share the recipe, let me apologize. I made this dish for a crowd and completely forgot to take a final picture. So you'll just have to try the recipe to see it for yourself!
For this recipe you'll need:
1 box of bow tie pasta
5 cooked slices of center cut bacon, save the pan you cook it in and do not wash
8 oz. Parmesan cheese
1 pint of cherry tomatoes
1 cup of raw spinach
4 chicken breast
1/2 c. balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp. olive oil
1. Roast tomatoes using this blog post. Marinate chicken breasts in balsamic vinegar for at least 20 minutes. You can do this while your bacon and tomatoes are cooking.
2. Cook pasta according to instructions on box, drain and sit aside.
3. Grill or bake chicken until cooked thoroughly. Slice.
To make pasta:
1. Drain all but about 1 tbsp. of the bacon drippings. Add 1 tbsp. olive oil in pan with bacon drippings. Heat over medium heat.
2. Add in cooked pasta, roasted tomatoes, spinach, and sliced chicken.
3. Shred cheese over pasta.
4. Juice lemon over pasta and toss together until spinach is wilted and cheese is melted. This is the only picture I got of this meal! You can see here that you just put everything together... and mix!
5. Add chopped bacon when you are ready to serve.
This recipe will serve 10-12 people. And the great thing about this, is you can substitute different vegetables and proteins depending on your tastes and what you have on hand. This would be equally delicious made with sausage instead of chicken or broccoli instead of spinach. Hope you enjoy!