Paleo Spinach and Artichoke Chicken Carbonara Pasta
1lb uncured bacon, cut into ½ inch squares
1 medium sized spaghetti squash
½lb chicken tenders, diced
1 can/jar artichoke hearts, cut in half or into fourths
5-6 cups spinach (just get a crap ton and call it good)
½ yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
You will first need to get your spaghetti squash cooked. Cut it in half, pull out the seeds and threads with a spoon. Be aggressive, and strong. Place open side down on a cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the skin "gives" when you press on it.
Now, pull out a large pan and place over medium-high heat. The higher the sides of the pan, the less bacon grease burns you will encounter. Don't say I didn't tell you. Add your cut pieces of bacon to the pan to let cook, stirring occasionally so the bacon doesn't burn.
Once the bacon is done cooking, use a slotted spoon to place the bacon in a bowl to add back to the pasta later and remove ½ of the bacon fat in the pan. I used a jar to place my bacon fat in so I can cook over things with it later.
With ½ of the bacon fat remaining, add the mined garlic and diced onions to let cook down.
Once the onions begin to become translucent, add the diced chicken.
When the chicken is almost done cooking, add your artichokes.
Your spaghetti squash should be done cooking at this point so take it out of the oven, use a fork to de-thread it, and add the threads to the pan.
Re-add your diced bacon.
Then add your spinach.
Mix thoroughly to incorporate everything together
Cover and cook on low for 5-6 minutes, or until the spinach slightly wilts.
Recipe by PaleOMG - Paleo Recipes at http://paleomg.com/spinach-and-artichoke-chicken-carbonara-paleo-pasta/