" I truly think it is best to be a robin lightly dressed concocting soup inside my nest" ~Maurice Sendak

Hibernation Time

in a matter of a few days we have gone from having no snow to nearly two feet.

Well this
is Canada, known for its harsh long winters.
Time to hunker down inside and soothe our souls with good comfort food.

I recently had this dish at a local restaurant over the holidays and loved it so much that I decided to recreate it at home . I felt the restaurant's version needed a bit of a boost of seasoning and more bacon.
Cooked chicken breast slices can be purchased in the deli section of most grocery stores or at Costco where I get mine.
This dish is very quick to put together making it either a great weeknight dish or for weekend entertaining.

Enjoy digging in to this comforting dish after you dig yourself out of the snow!

Smokey Bacon & Chicken Peppercorn Rigatoni

  • 1/2 a package of Rigatoni
  • 6 slices of bacon diced
  • 1 pound of warm sliced grilled boneless chicken breast
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp whole peppercorns
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • Roughly 1 cup each of  milk and cream
  • salt to taste
Cook the pasta according package directions.
Meanwhile in a heavy wide saucepan fry the bacon until crispy. Remove the bacon to plate. Drain off the bacon fat and heat the oil.
Add the flour whisking until smooth .
Add the milk or cream whisking until the cream sauce is to your desired consistency.
Add the oregano, peppercorns, garlic and salt mixing well.
Drain the cooked pasta and toss in a large bowl with the bacon and cream sauce.
Serve onto pasta bowls and top with the chicken and grated Parmesan cheese.

Wine Suggestion: Merlot


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