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Spinach and Bacon Pasta Toss

Spinach and Bacon Pasta Toss recipe
photo by:kraft
Want to turn a spinach-phobe into a spinach fan? It's easier than you think when you serve it in a quick and easy pasta toss with bacon and mozzarella!
time
prep:
25 min
total:
25 min
servings
total:
8 servings, 1-1/2 cups each
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What You Need

1
pkg.   (16 oz.) wide egg noodles
3/4
cup  KRAFT Lite Zesty Italian Dressing
1
lb.  boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
2
cups  cherry tomatoes, halved
1
pkg.   (6 oz.) fresh baby spinach leaves
1
cup  KRAFT Shredded Low-Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese, divided
8
slices  OSCAR MAYER Bacon, cooked, crumbled

Make It

COOK noodles as directed on package, omitting salt.

MEANWHILE, heat dressing in large skillet on medium heat. Add chicken; cook and stir 5 to 7 min. or until done. Add tomatoes; cook 1 min., stirring occasionally.

DRAIN noodles, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water. Add noodles and reserved cooking water to chicken mixture in skillet; stir. Remove from heat. Add spinach, 1/2 cup cheese and bacon; mix lightly. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Substitute
Prepare using any type of pasta, including whole wheat pasta.
Make it Easy
Substitute OSCAR MAYER Deli Fresh Oven Roasted Chicken Breast Cuts for the cut-up fresh chicken. Add to hot dressing in skillet; cook just until heated through, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomatoes; continue as directed.
How to Clean Spinach
Spinach can hold a lot of dirt and must be thoroughly washed before using. To clean, fill a large bowl with water, then swish spinach around in water until most of the dirt comes off. Repeat process 2 or 3 times, using clean water each time, until no more dirt clings to the spinach. Rinse thoroughly under running water and remove hard stems. Spin dry in salad spinner and/or pat dry with paper towels. Use immediately or store in refrigerator up to 4 days.
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