Chicken, Green Bean, And Bacon Pasta

Chicken, Green Bean, And Bacon Pasta

You can cook the pasta and green beans in one pot to make this fast dish.

INGREDIENTS
12 oz. penne pasta
8 oz. green beans, trimmed and halved
slices bacon
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
large egg yolk
2 tbsp. half-and-half
5 oz. baby spinach
1 oz. Parmesan, grated (about 1/2 cup)
scallions, thinly sliced

 

DIRECTIONS
  1. Cook pasta per package directions, adding green beans to the pot during the last minute. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water; drain, then return pasta and green beans to pot.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet on medium, cook bacon until crisp, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel–lined plate and break into pieces when cool. Discard all but 1 Tbsp bacon drippings and return pan to medium.
  3. Cook chicken until golden brown and cooked through, tossing once, 6 to 8 minutes; remove from heat and toss with lemon juice. In a small bowl, whisk egg yolk and half-and-half. Toss egg mixture with pasta and green beans, then fold in chicken, spinach, Parmesan, and 1/4 cup pasta water, tossing to coat and adding more pasta water if needed. Fold in scallions and top with bacon.