Recipe: Paleoed Faithful

Old Faithful is a legendary dish in my family. Its ingredients: spaghetti, tomato sauce, and bacon. Pure comfort food when you’re raising four kids on a tight budget. How legendary? Last year, we all got together for the first time in years for about 36 hours, and the only dinner on the menu was Old Faithful. The name says it all.

After convincing my mom to try Paleo, her one concern was, “But what about Old Faithful?” She decided that it might just have to be one of her cheats. But after thinking about it, I decided it’s not the spaghetti people love, it’s the bacon. We just need a new vehicle.

This one’s for you, mom.

Paleoed Faithful

1/2 lb. uncured bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1/2 onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

8 oz. mushrooms, sliced

2 lbs. (about 8-12) chicken thighs

1 28 oz. can/jar/box of diced tomatoes

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. dried oregano

a couple handfuls of greens, either spinach or sliced chard

kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

Parmesan cheese, for garnish (optional)

1) Begin cooking bacon in large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, sprinkle salt and pepper on thighs.

2) As bacon fat begins to render, add onions, garlic, and mushrooms to pan. Stir to combine.

3) When onions are translucent, add chicken thighs to pan, nestling them into the onion mixture so they’re touching the pan’s surface. Cook thighs until browned, about 4-5 minutes, then flip over.

4) Add tomatoes, then garlic powder and oregano to pan. Stir to incorporate. Dump greens on top and put a lid on the pan.

5) When greens are wilted (about 3 minutes for spinach, 4-5 for chard), stir to combine with sauce. Simmer for 10 minutes. Adjust seasoning with S & P. Serve immediately, with Parmesan if using.

Makes 4 servings.



5 Responses to “Recipe: Paleoed Faithful”

  1. I love chicken thighs in a rich sauce like ragout like yo have here. I can smell the richness.

    “Be content that those who can make omelettes properly can do nothing else.”
    Hilaire Belloc

  2. I can’t wait to try this! It sounds very yummy.

  3. We used chicken breasts ands fresh basil. It was delicious.

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