Smoked Fontina & Kale Pasta Recipe

  • 2-4 chicken breast halves
  • 6 thick slices bacon cut into 1/2 inch strips
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 bunch kale, thick stems trimmed, leaves coarsely chopped
  • Coarse salt and pepper
  • 2 cups canned chicken broth
  • 1 pound whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1/2 - 1 cup coarsely chopped smoked Fontina cheese (or other semi-soft smoked cheese)
  • Cook chicken and chop into cubes. Set aside.
  • Sauté bacon in a large skillet over medium low heat, turning occasionally, until browned and crisp, 8-10 minutes.
  • Pour out all but 2-3 tbsp. rendered fat.
  • Cook garlic in same skillet over medium heat until golden, stirring frequently, 2 minutes.
  • Add half of the kale, cook, tossing until just wilted, 2 minutes.
  • Add remaining kale, and season with salt and pepper; cook tossing until all kale has wilted, 2 minutes.
  • Add broth; cover.
  • Simmer until kale is tender, 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and return pasta to pot.
  • Add kale, chicken, bacon, and Fontina cheese. Toss to combine until cheese has melted.
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