Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Cheesy Chicken Bacon Pasta

Happy Hump Day everyone! Hope your week is going fabulously. To all you spring breakers out there somewhere warm...please bring me some heat!! The Midwest is trying so hard to get to spring temperatures, but it is very slow moving. 

We have been lucky to have a few warm days here and there, and I've been taking full advantage! This Monday was one of those days. I took the pup on a super long walk, I cleaned out the back of my car, and I finally dug through the garage and found all of our outdoor furniture and set it back up. I love how warm weather gets me motivated to clean and organize!

Another thing I love about warm weather is I can use my grill! Yes my Hub knows how to use the grill, but he thinks it's a hassle. I think "Woot one more dish I don't have to clean! And Woot fire grilled food tastes awesome!" So I fired up the grill and got some chicken cooked up and ready to go for my Cheesy Chicken Bacon Pasta.
It's so creamy and cheesy. And you don't have to make the chicken on the grill if you don't want to. I did because it was nice out and I think everything cooked on the grill tastes amazing...and I didn't feel like scrubbing a pan.
This recipe is delicious and the best part is you probably already have all the ingredients. I served this with green beans, but you could easily add broccoli to yours and have everything together in one dish! Boom! Dinner rocked!
(This meal serves two)
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
4 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
2 Cups elbow macaroni, cooked
1 Cup mozzarella (or more if you love cheese like me), divided
1 jar alfredo, divided
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp salt and pepper


Make your bacon and macaroni while you grill your chicken breast. Let the chicken cool until its easy to handle and cut it into bite size pieces.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. 

Grease a 2 quart casserole dish.

Stir together the Alfredo, garlic, salt and pepper and set aside.

Now you can either layer this dish like I did, or get out a large bowl and mix everything together before pouring it in the casserole dish. If you want to layer it, I did this order:

-Half the Alfredo
-Half the mozzarella 
-Grilled chicken
-Remaining mozzarella
-Remaining Alfredo

Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until it starts to bubble. Enjoy!

I chose to layer this dish because it ended up leaving some macaroni not entirely saturated in the Alfredo and I like it like that. Feel free to mix everything together instead and bake for the same amount of time. 

Hopefully we'll be saying good bye to winter weather soon enough so I can get back to grilling all the time. I never thought I'd look forward to April showers so much :)

Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. This looks like it maybe dinner tomorrow night. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Delicious! My kids will love this. Pinned!

  3. Stopping by from #thatfridaybloghop This looks so flipping good.....cant wait to make it!

  4. yep that sounds awesome! You're making me want to fire up the grill now too. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday

  5. sounds so super yummy want some now but gonna for sure try it soon
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  6. This looks so yummy and I can actually eat everything that goes into this recipe.

    Pinning it (in my sing song voice)

    Thanks for sharing!!

  7. Well doesn't that sound amazing- I could go for some of that right now.

  8. That looks delicious! Thanks for sharing it with us! :)

  9. Great Pasta Dish! Thank you so much for sharing this special recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a fantastic week!
    Miz Helen

  10. I have a little sign at my desk that reads "Bacon Makes Everything Better" so I am sure to like this.

  11. Stopping by from Click and Chat link up party. I'm now following you at all your social media! Stop by and say hi to me sometimes @ Looking forward to sharing with a new blog friend.. Have a wonderful week!

  12. Looks like a great dish!
    I am with you, food on the grill taste great and so much easier clean up!
    Thanks for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop!

  13. I am always looking for recipes that my kids will actually eat and anything with bacon in it is a winner! I'm featuring this dish tonight on the Thursday S.T.Y.L.E. link party! Thanks for linking up with us!

  14. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

  15. I will be featuring this recipe tomorrow on Tasty Tuesday! Make sure you stop by and check out our new party and grab a featured button!

    Julia @ Mini Van Dreams

  16. Chicken and bacon pasta is my favorite, thanks for sharing this recipe...