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Creamy One Pot Asparagus Bacon Chicken Pasta

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This complete dinner comes together in one pot in under a half hour! Chicken, bacon, and asparagus in a creamy pasta with almost no dishes to do!

Plate of one pot pasta featuring corkscrew pasta, asparagus, chicken and sauce, ready to eat.

Making dinner just got a whole lot easier! Cook the pasta and the sauce at the same time.  It makes the perfect creamy sauce and it all comes together so easily. 

Plus there is only one pot to clean! That makes it worth it on its own. This is a great way to feed the family a tasty meal with very little effort.

I have been intrigued by this one pot pasta craze for a while now.  I mean, what is not to love?  A whole dinner made in one pot with almost no effort is something that has to have your attention. 

Then the folks at work were talking about a couple of the recipes they love and I just couldn’t wait any longer.  I had to jump on the bandwagon. 

pasta cheese and chicken in pot.

I always have a selection of pasta in the pantry.  I can’t help but to stock up when I see it on sale.

I know I will use it and all of the fun shapes draw me in every time.  So I knew I had that covered.  My cheese drawer is almost always full too, so that wouldn’t be an issue.  That is a pretty good start towards a delicious dinner.

You know by now I am not one to run to the store just to make a recipe.  I am WAY more likely to dig through what I have at home and make something with that.

So I put my hands on some leftover chicken.  If you don’t happen to have any leftover, feel free to grab a rotisserie chicken or quickly cook off a couple of chicken breasts.  Whatever is easiest for you works here!

I had a few bunches of asparagus waiting to be made into something delicious as well.  I have been really loving experimenting with asparagus lately.

These spears were destined for the pot though.  I have to say this particular bunch of asparagus might have been the biggest stalks I have ever seen.

You might think they would be a little bit woody, but they weren’t at all.  They were tender, delicious and ginormous!

Asparagus, bacon and chicken one pot pasta in pan ready to serve.

Of course a little bacon can add a lot of flavor to any dish so I grabbed a few slices of that and got to work.  The premise of a one pot meal is to keep it as simple as possible and this fits the bill.

Just cook the pasta in a mixture of broth and milk.  The starch that you would normally pour off stays in the pot and helps make a sauce.

It saves you from having to make a roux.  A little cheese helps thicken everything up and adds that great flavor.

Asparagus, bacon and chicken one pot pasta served on plate.

  A lot of recipes have you put everything in at once.  That would certainly be fine here too.

 But I wanted my asparagus to still have a tad bit of crunch left and I wanted my bacon to still be crispy.  So I added them a little later in the process.

Feel free to do what you’d like with yours, I’ll never know!  The best part about recipes like this is they are so adaptable.

As long as you get your pasta to liquid ratio right, you can change up the rest. So you can experiment with different stir-ins if your refrigerator happens to be full of a different variety of proteins and vegetables.  If you make something stellar, I’d love to hear about it!

One Pan Recipes

If you like one pot recipes, try making one pot creamy chicken and noodles. The flavors are based off our favorite chicken pot pie.

One pot taco pasta is another fun option. Or bbq pulled pork and rice skillet meal is a great way to turn leftover pulled pork into a whole new meal with very few dirty dishes.

For another one pan meal, try making cheesy chicken broccoli and rice casserole. You start with uncooked rice and chicken and end up with a tasty meal.

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Plate of one pot pasta featuring corkscrew pasta, asparagus, chicken and sauce, ready to eat.

Creamy One Pot Asparagus Bacon Chicken Pasta

Carlee
This complete dinner comes together in one pot in under a half hour! Chicken, bacon, and asparagus in a creamy pasta with almost no dishes to do!
5 from 7 ratings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dinners
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 340 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 16 oz pasta your favorite shape
  • 3 cups chicken cooked and chopped
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 lb asparagus cut into bite sized pieces
  • ¾ cup crumbled bacon
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot, preferably one with a thick bottom like a Dutch oven, place the chicken, pasta, chicken broth and milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. 
    16 oz pasta, 3 cups chicken, 4 cups chicken broth, 2 cups whole milk
  • Reduce heat to medium low and cover the pot. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  • Stir in the asparagus and cook for another 5-10 minutes. You want the pasta and asparagus to be cooked to your liking. 
    1 lb asparagus
  • Remove from heat and stir in bacon and cheese. Season to your liking and serve.
    1 cup Parmesan cheese, ¾ cup crumbled bacon

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 340kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 26gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 927mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2g
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Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Thursday 15th of June 2017

Mmmm... This sounds so good! Hope I can find some asparagus at the farmers market this weekend and give this a whirl!

Carlee

Tuesday 20th of June 2017

It was delicious and so easy! Fingers crossed!

Melissa @ Melclaire

Tuesday 13th of June 2017

Carlee, this looks so good! I will definitely try it so I'm pinning it for later!!

Carlee

Wednesday 14th of June 2017

I hope you enjoy it!

Debbie

Monday 12th of June 2017

Hi Carlee, one pot meals are so handy. I like the taste bacon adds to a dish like this and like the fact that there is no need to make a roux, but there is still a nice sauce. Another winning recipe!

xx

Carlee

Tuesday 13th of June 2017

Thanks Debbie! Quick, easy and bacon tend to be winning words around here and this fits the bill on all three! Triple win!

Jas @ All that's Jas

Wednesday 7th of June 2017

Mmm, like a grown up mac & cheese. Love it! :)

Carlee

Thursday 8th of June 2017

Exactly, with all the good stuff in there!

keshakeke

Tuesday 6th of June 2017

Yummy! I love asparagus and bacon! The two together sounds divine! Trying this for dinner!

Carlee

Thursday 8th of June 2017

They are meant to be together for sure! I hope you love it!