Date Night Pasta With Creamy Spinach Alfredo

6 servings
1 hr 15 min
Date Night Pasta– because penne pasta with bacon, caramelized onions, and chicken in a delicious spinach cream sauce is a bit of a mouthful.

Fall is in the air here in the midwest. Time to celebrate with hot apple cider, cozy blankets, and pumpkin pie. And what better way to enjoy all those things than with a date night at home!

I know a lot of people are spending date night at home these days, and I’m so glad to see that effort being made! Even before this year with safety precautions and a newborn in our family, Michael and I were always big fans of at home date night.

So you may ask yourself…

What are the benefits of having date night at home?So many things! Money-saving, comfortable, and relaxing come to mind.

How to make a date at home special?Try little touches like candles, fresh flowers, or a well set table to make things extra special.

Why this pasta is perfect for date night!Time-savingYou can work ahead and this helps save a lot of time in the kitchen the night of. Personally, I made the bacon and pasta ahead of time. Tailor this to how long you want to be spending in the kitchen, being in the kitchen together can be half the fun!

There are several steps that you can do ahead of time, like frying up the bacon, caramelizing the onions, even cooking the pasta.

Low Risk-High RewardIt feels special, but it’s all one dish. While it takes some time, nothing is too difficult or requires special cooking skills. It feels fancy, though!

It’s delicious!That one’s self- explanatory. What could be better than a deliciously creamy alfredo with Josie’s organics baby spinach, sweet caramelized onions, and crispy bacon?

Date Night Pasta With Creamy Spinach Alfredo
Recipe details
  • 6  servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 1 Hours Total time: 1 hr 15 min
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  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • 2 tbs. butter, divided
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 4 cups packed spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 strips bacon
  • 1 lb. penne pasta
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup parmesan romano
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup whole milk

In a large, deep skillet, heat olive oil on medium-high heat.
Place chicken breasts in skillet and brown on both sides until cooked through, about 5-7 minutes per side.
Once chicken is cooked, remove from pan and allow to cool. Once cooled, dice into bite-sized pieces.
Add in 1 tbs. butter, along with sliced onions and minced garlic and reduce heat to medium-low.
Cook onions and garlic until caramelized and deep brown. This may take about 30 minutes.
In a separate pan, cook bacon until crispy.
Once cooked, remove to a paper towel-lined plate to cool and drain off some of the fat.
In pan with caramelized onions, add in another tbs. butter, whole milk, heavy cream, cheese, chopped spinach, red pepper flakes, and salt and stir to combine.
Add in cooked pasta, chopped chicken, and crumbled bacon. Gently stir to coat with sauce.
Sarah Baumeister
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