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Chicken Mozzarella Spring Pasta

This post was sponsored by Randall’s and Albertsons through Kitchen PLAY.  All thoughts, views, and opinions expressed are my own.

Creamy tomato and mozzarella spaghetti with sliced chicken and bacon.  Spring vegetables like asparagus, peas, onions and mushrooms add exceptional flavor to this dish.

There is something about pasta that is naturally satisfying, enriching and comforting.  Perhaps it’s because pasta is the perfect dish for versatility.  Spring weather makes for a delicious creamy vegetable pasta dish that’s served up as the best comfort food this season.

When it comes to pasta, our favorite recipes always make it to the dinner table.  These are the recipes that we make over and over again because our family loves them. They are the first recipes that we use each time the holidays come around.  They are the recipes we cook for our family dinners over and over again.  They are tried and true recipes that our family wants more of and this recipe is no exception.  It will quickly become that requested dish!

Over time, these recipes sort of become a staple in our home. If there is one thing our family loves, it’s pasta with fresh vegetables.  In our home, this is the meal that makes it to the table countless times a year.

It’s been a busy past few weeks in New Orleans.  With plenty of spring festivals and friends visiting, it’s been challenging to get everyone together for Sunday dinner.  However, this past weekend started with a trip to Albertsons on our way to a popular festival in Lafayette.  Every couple weeks we drive out to the city to visit with family and stock up on our favorite Signature line grocery items.  What I love about shopping at Albertsons is that it’s a one stop and shop type of place.  They have over 4,000 Signature line items that I love to use in the kitchen.  Everything from fresh produce to trusted home staples like pasta, condiments and fried chicken.

My boyfriend’s aunt travels 2 hours away to the nearest Albertsons’ store just to stock up on bacon once a month!  I have to agree with her, this is the best bacon around!  If you’ve been a long time follower of my blog, then you know I love to add bacon to just about everything!

The inspiration for this recipe came from a collection of my favorite pasta dishes.  Also, I can’t pass up fresh spring vegetables that are in season right now.  This time of year I love to cook with asparagus, peas, onions, and mushrooms.  These vegetables meld together perfectly with the creamy pasta sauce.  The tender crunch of asparagus and savory mushrooms, onions, and bacon tossed together in the spaghetti make this dish to die for!

The best part of this recipe is that it requires very little prep and then pretty much everything can cook at the same time.

Some of my favorite pantry staples from the Signature brand include a variety of Signature brands products.  This includes Signature SELECT™, Signature Kitchens®™, Signature Farms®™, Signature Cafe®, Signature Home™, and Signature Care™.

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What are some of your favorite spring ingredients to include in pasta?

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Chicken Mozzarella Spring Pasta

Creamy tomato and mozzarella spaghetti with sliced chicken and bacon. Spring vegetables like asparagus, peas, onions and mushrooms add exceptional flavor to this dish.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds thinly sliced chicken breasts
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 pound Signature Farms Bacon
  • 1 pound Signature Kitchens® Spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 1 bunch asparagus remove bottom 2/5th and discard
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 24 ounces Signature SELECT™ Four Cheese Pasta Sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups half & half
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, lightly chopped
  • 5 stalks green onions, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Rub chicken breasts with paprika, garlic salt and basil. Lightly coat baking dish with olive oil then place chicken breasts seasoned side up in it and bake on bottom oven rack. Bake for 30 minutes.

    Next, prepare rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, evenly spread bacon on sheet. Bake on top rack (at the same time as chicken) in oven for about 20 minutes, or until crispy. Once bacon is done, remove from oven and allow to drain on paper towel. Chop bacon.

    Meanwhile, cook pasta noodles according to package directions.

    In a large pot set over medium heat, combine olive oil and diced onions. Cook for 3 minutes then add asparagus, mushrooms and minced garlic. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in peas. Remove mixture to dish.

    Using the same pot set over medium heat, combine pasta sauce, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Heat for 5 minutes. Stir in half & half and shredded mozzarella cheese. Stir in chopped spinach.

    Slice chicken. Stir pasta sauce, noodles and veggies together. Sprinkle with green onions and serve hot.

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    Dene' V. Alexander
    06/05/2017 at 6:25 pm

    This looks sooooo good and creamy!! !! it’s title is fitting, as it’s perfect for spring, and even summer, too!!

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      Jessica
      06/14/2017 at 10:54 am

      Thanks, Dene!

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    Noel Lizotte
    06/05/2017 at 7:27 pm

    I’m in love with all the goodies in this dish! Talk about fitting in all the best things into a recipe! I love the colors, the flavors, the veggies, the everything … ok, I said that already… saving to make later… meanwhile, back to drooling.

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    Marie | Yay! For Food
    06/06/2017 at 12:34 am

    I love all the spring seasonal vegetables in this dish! In fact, everything sounds so so delicious! The bacon, chicken, and creamy sauce… yum! I wish I had a bowl of this pasta right now!

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      Jessica
      06/14/2017 at 10:54 am

      It’s such an easy and delicious dish to make, you’ll love it too!

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    Adriana Lopez Martn
    06/06/2017 at 2:27 am

    So many good flavors going on here and then bacon and asparagus great dish!

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    Andrea @ The Petite Cook
    06/06/2017 at 3:01 am

    OH MY this pasta dish looks incredible! I love that there are so many greens, this is really my kind of dish!

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    Lucy @ Supergoldenbakes
    06/06/2017 at 3:52 am

    This is the perfect blend of springtime freshness and creamy, saucy pasta indulgence. Lovely.

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    Marsha | Marsha's Baking Addiction
    06/06/2017 at 5:36 am

    This pasta dish looks absolutely delicious! YUM!

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    Sarah
    06/06/2017 at 6:07 am

    Love all of the fresh spring produce in this! Sounds so delicious! 🙂

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    Jodi @ Create Kids Club
    06/06/2017 at 8:49 am

    This looks both beautiful and absolutely delicious! This is a dish my whole family would LOVE! Can’t wait to try it out 🙂

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    Veena Azmanov
    06/06/2017 at 9:20 am

    Oh you have some of my favorite ingredient in this dish!! Yum.. Spring, pasta, Mozarella, chicken…. now that’s a good start for me.. Those spices and flavors.. I just know this is going to be good. Can’t wait to try.

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      Jessica
      06/14/2017 at 10:55 am

      Currently one of my favorite dishes, thanks, Veena!

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    Christine - Jar Of Lemons
    06/06/2017 at 9:31 am

    Yum! This sounds SO amazing! Love it and hope to try it out soon. Perfect for date night!

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    Sarah
    06/06/2017 at 1:04 pm

    This looks like spring in a pan! Chicken, bacon, and peas are always a great combo in pasta!

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    Molly Kumar
    06/07/2017 at 11:46 am

    OMG, this looks so delicious and what a great combination of veggie, chicken and bacon with pasta. I can totally see myself having this on our porch with a chilled glass of wine 🙂

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