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Carino's Chicken Bowtie Festival Pasta Copycat

Ever popular, Carino's Chicken Bowtie Festival is a flavorful and easy pasta dish made with sauteed chicken, bacon, and a creamy, cheesy tomato sauce.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Bacon, Cheese, Chicken, Copycat, Entertaining, Meal Prep, Pasta
Servings: 6
Calories: 365kcal
Author: Clean Fingers Laynie

Equipment

  • 5 Quart Skillet

Ingredients

  • 12 oz Bow Tie Pasta
  • 6 slices Bacon Thick-Cut
  • 1 lb Chicken Breasts Boneless, Skinless (about 2 breasts), Thinly Sliced
  • 1/2 small Red Onion Finely Diced
  • 1 1/2 tsp Garlic Minced
  • 1 large Tomato Diced
  • 1 tsp Cajun Seasoning
  • 2-3 tbsp All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 tsp Chicken Bouillon*
  • 1/2 cup Asiago Cheese Shredded
  • Salt, Pepper, and Garlic Powder To Taste

Instructions

  • In a large pot, bring 4 – 6 quarts of water to a boil. Add salt to taste (about 1 tsp). Add bow tie pasta to pot, and stir gently. Return to a boil, and cook pasta two minutes less than recommended cooking time (about 7-9 minutes).
  • Before draining pasta, reserve 1 cup of cooking liquid*. Drain pasta over a colander in the sink.
  • While the pasta is cooking, chop bacon into 1" pieces. Add bacon to a large skillet. Cook for 6-8 minutes until bacon is cooked through. With a slotted spoon, remove bacon from skillet, and place on a paper towel-lined plate to remove excess grease.
  • Add sliced chicken, diced onion, and minced garlic to the skillet with the bacon fat. Cook for 6-8 minutes until chicken is no longer pink and onions are softened.
  • Add 2 tbsp flour to chicken, and cook for an additional 2 minutes to remove raw flour taste.
  • To the large skillet with the chicken, add the drained pasta, cooked bacon, diced tomatoes, Cajun seasoning, heavy cream, chicken bouillon, and reserved pasta water*. Cook for 5-10 minutes until sauce is warmed through and begins to thicken.
  • Add Asiago cheese, and stir to incorporate. Add additional salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.

Notes

Estimated Nutrition (per serving): Calories 365, Fat 21 g, Carbohydrate 24 g, Dietary Fiberg, Protein 17 g, Sodium 575 mg
*Instead of using reserved pasta water and chicken bouillon, you can substitute 1 cup of low-sodium chicken broth.