Day 21 - Rigatoni with Chicken, Bacon, Spinach, and Ricotta

Oh man…could it be??  Am I FINALLY caught up on this 31 Day Challenge?  Tonight…I wanted to make something easy…and something that I could have leftovers with…well that was the GOAL anyway…

Rigatoni with Chicken, Bacon, Spinach, and Ricotta
1 box of rigatoni
3 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts (whole)
1/2 lb bacon (cut into bite-sized pieces)
1 medium sweet (vidalia) onion (chopped)
1 large shallot (minced)
Handful of Spinach
1 15oz container of whole-milk ricotta
Salt & Pepper to taste
GARNISH: Basil, Lemon Zest, and Grated Parmesan Cheese


  1. Put a pot of salted water on the stove and get it ready for the Rigatoni.
  2. In one sauté pan, cook the bacon until crispy - pull the bacon from the fat, and let rest on a plate (with paper towels).
  3. Sauté the onion and shallots in the remaining bacon fat until tender.  
  4. At this point, you should be able to add your rigatoni to the water (cook until al dente) 
  5. Once the onions and shallots are tender, add the handful of spinach to the mix, and let wilt.
  6. Then add the ricotta (entire container) to the onion mixture, and let it heat up (season with salt and pepper if needed)
  7. Prepare and cook the chicken with Lemon Pepper - like I did for the Chicken & Stars Soup.
  8. Drain (do NOT rinse) your rigatoni, and add the pasta back to the pot.
  9. Pour your ricotta/onion mixture over the rigatoni and mix well.
  10. Serve, and garnish with whatever you'd like!!!

Please share your recipe stories if you've made any of the ones I've explained in the 31 Day Challenge - I'd love to hear it (be it good or bad!!)

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