12 slices of bacon, divided
4 cups chicken broth
2-14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
12 oz uncooked linguine pasta
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup loosely packed fresh parsley, chopped
4 oz cream cheese
1 oz Parmesan cheese, grated
Halved grape tomatoes
Slice the bacon cross wise into strips. Cook in a large skillet with high sides for 8-9 minutes, or until crisp. Remove bacon and drain on paper towels. Drain skillet, leaving 1 tbsp of bacon drippings in the skillet.
Place broth and diced tomatoes in a large bowl. Microwave, covered, on high for 6-8 minutes or until hot. Return skillet to heat and add onion and red pepper flakes. Saute for 2-3 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and cook for 10-20 seconds. Add broth mixture, pasta, salt and half of the cooked bacon. Simmer covered for 9-10 minutes or until pasta is almost cooked by still firm. Stir occasionally.
Remove skillet from heat and add cubed cream cheese, grape tomatoes and parsley, reserving 1 tbsp of parsley for garnish. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes or until pasta is tender and sauce is thickened. Serve with remaining bacon, grated Parmesan cheese and reserved parsley.
Is it a Keeper?
This was FANTASTIC! I will definitely be making this again (and again and again)! I used whole grain pasta — which I like much better than regular pasta because it’s heartier. There is so much flavor and the cream cheese makes the sauce very creamy and rich. I can’t wait to make this again with tomatoes from my garden!
Even my husband, who’s been sick with a summer cold and can’t taste or smell anything, was raving! I guess the crushed red pepper and garlic flavors powered through! I think the leftovers are going to be quite tasty too! I’ll know for sure tomorrow when I have it for lunch. Yum! Yum! Yum!
Oh and I loved that there was only one pot to clean. One pot, one cutting board, one knife and one measuring cup. That’s it. Not a sink full of dirty dishes. I’m sure my sick husband really appreciated that since he was the one that ended up doing the dishes. He knows how much I hate to do them! I’m a pretty lucky lady, aren’t I? He even does laundry too!
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