Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Kaylin @ Bombshell Wife Life {Guest Post}

(Kay)-lin. NOT KAITlin. That's my name and I blog over at Bombshell Wife Life! I am so excited to be blogging for Stephanie today!

Have you ever had one of those meals that just stick with you? You know, the ones you think about YEARS later? The ones that the flavors are just forever imprinted on your tastebuds?! This my friends, is that meal for me! A few years ago my mom had a Pampered Chef party at our house. With all good Pampered Chef parties, a meal is made. And little did I know, this meal that was prepared would change my life! Okay i'm rambling, let's just get into it, shall we?!
Ingredients:
12 slices bacon, divided
4 cups (1 L) chicken broth
2 cans (14.5 oz each) Italian-style diced tomatoes
1 medium onion
4 garlic cloves, pressed
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
12 oz uncooked linguini pasta
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup loosely packed fresh parsley, divided 
4 oz cream cheese
1 oz Parmesan cheese, grated
Halved grape tomatoes (optional)

Directions:
1. Slice bacon crosswise into 1/4-in. (6-mm) strips. Place into skillet; cook over medium-high heat 8-9 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet; drain on paper towels. Drain Skillet, leaving 1 tbsp drippings in Skillet.
2. Meanwhile, place broth and diced tomatoes in large microwave safe bowl. Microwave, covered, on HIGH 6-8 minutes or until hot; carefully remove from microwave. On clean cutting board, finely chop onion using knife or food chopper. Return Skillet to heat; add garlic pressed with garlic press and pepper flakes, if desired. Cook 10-20 seconds or until fragrant. Add onion; cook 2-3 minutes or until onion is tender. Carefully add broth mixture, pasta, half of the bacon and salt. Simmer, covered, 9-10 minutes or until pasta is almost cooked but still firm, stirring occasionally.
3. Finely chop parsley using knife; reserve 1 tbsp for garnish. Cut cream cheese into cubes. Grate Parmesan cheese using grater. Cut grape tomatoes in half, if using. Remove Skillet from heat. Stir in remaining parsley, cream cheese and grape tomatoes, if desired. Let stand, covered, 5 minutes or until pasta is tender and sauce is thickened. Serve with remaining bacon, Parmesan cheese and reserved parsley.

Yield: 6 servings

This is the recipe from the Pampered Chef Website. This pasta dish is also an amazing leftover! It says 6 servings, but I think they were intending on feeding a small army with this batch size. ;) Let me know if any of you try this out! Have an amazing day! Thank you so much for letting me be a part of yours!

-Kaylin
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