Let's be honest - I could be easily bought with bacon. Toss it with some pasta and.. well.. I dare not say the things I would do as my boyfriend and my mother read my blog. Let's just say: Bacon + Pasta = HAP*HAP*HAPPY Jenn!! And who knew that adding peperoncini to that mix would elevate it even further in my book??
I would fight you for this dish. Sorry, but if it were you and me and big bowl/plate of this.... you would witness a force more powerful then Zeus himself!
I'm just sayin' ...... it's THAT good.
Ok, so this is a bit like our favorite Bacon & Tomato Pasta, but honestly, the addition of the peperoncini really gave it that "something" special to set it apart. I wish I was a little more articulate tonight so that I could explain it better .... but believe me... it's AMAZING!
Chicken Capellini Capricciosi
Adapted from One Perfect Bite
6 slices of bacon, diced
1 large clove or two small cloves of garlic, minced
12 peperoncini, drained, seeded and chopped
1 14.5oz can whole, peeled tomatoes, drained and roughly chopped
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 large chicken breast, cooked and cut into small chunks
10oz angel hair pasta
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 Tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
In a large deep skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until browned and crispy, about 8 minutes. Add the peperoncini and saute for 1 minute. Add the garlic and saute 1 more minute. Add the tomatoes, salt, and pepper and cook for 8 minutes. (I added just a splash of red wine to the sauce too) Add the chicken in the final 5 minutes.
While the sauce simmers, cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of cooking water. Add the pasta and the olive oil to the sauce and toss to combine. If the pasta is too dry, add the reserved pasta water (a little at a time). Add the parmesan cheese, tossing to combine. Top with parsley and.... Enjoy!
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