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Chicken and Bacon Penne Pasta and a Serious Issue

 Wide shot pasta

I have a serious issue to talk about today.  It’s called gray hair. 

Now I’ve had gray hair for many, many years on top of my head and it doesn’t bother me too much because a good color job will hide it for 4 – 6 weeks and then you add more color.  Just keep repeating the process.  Not too hard of maintenance.

But now that I’m in my mid 40s – I’m starting to get gray eyebrows.  What’s up with that?  Does anyone else have this problem?

It’s not just one or two stray ones, it’s more than that.  So can anyone tell me how to hide those because if I keep plucking them, I’ll soon have no eyebrows at all! I have a feeling this is going to be a high maintenance issue. UGH!!!

And while I anxiously await your gray eyebrow hiding suggestions, I’ll share with you one of our favorite meals of late.

McCormick Packet

It starts with a McCormick Gourmet seasoning packet.  I found it in the grocery isle near the gravy packets and other seasoning packets.  They have a few different types of packets to choose from and their Creamy Parmesan and Sun-dried Tomatoes Chicken Penne sounded good to me.

Grilled Chicken Cut up chicken

On the back of the packet is their suggested recipe.  Knowing most of my family wouldn’t even touch it if we used the tomatoes, I set out to change it up a bit.  On a side note though, I have made it their way and it was very good and did only take about 15 – 20 minutes to make. 


For my rendition, I basically followed their directions only I used grilled chicken, omitted the tomatoes, added a little more heavy cream, and here’s the saving grace of this recipe – we added bacon – my husband’s suggestion of course. 

Complete Mixture

Yes, everything tastes better with bacon! Now if only bacon could solve my gray eyebrow problem for me, I’d be one happy camper.

Up Close Pasta


Chicken and Bacon Penne Pasta

Our family loved this dish and there is usually enough for leftovers the next day. It's a dish you could make up ahead of time and reheat when needed.

Yield: 4 - 6 servings

Prep Time: 5 - 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 - 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 - 30 minutes


1 McCormick Gourmet Creamy Parmesan and Sun-dried Tomatoes Chicken Penne Packet
2 cups penne pasta
1 pound chicken tenders
1 ½ cups heavy cream
½ grated Parmesan cheese
½ pound cooked bacon – crumbled into small pieces


1. Cook your chicken tenders on the grill for about 15 – 20 minutes, watching closely so you don’t burn them. Once they are done, cut into bite sized pieces. If you don’t want to grill them, cut the tenders up into bite sized pieces and fry in a pan with a little bit of butter or olive oil.
2. While the chicken is cooking, cook up your penne pasta according to the package directions.
3. When the chicken and pasta are about 5 minutes from being done, start on the sauce.
4. Put the heavy cream, cheese, and seasoning packet into a large skillet. Heat the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly so it doesn’t scorch.
5. Add chicken and cooked pasta to the sauce and stir until all is covered.
6. Top with the crumbled bacon.
7. Serve while warm.

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