Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Cheesy Bacon Penne

Now this recipe is by far my husband's fav! I think he'd eat it every night if I let him. And yes, you've guessed it, not the healthiest, but hey, we use wheat pasta most of the time so that should count for something.

  • 2 Cups Uncooked Penne Pasta
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
  • 3 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Crumbled Bacon
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Cook bacon, drain, and chop (The Pampered Chef "Food Chopper" makes this part so much easier)
  • Cook pasta according to package directions for al'dente, drain, and set aside
  • Mince garlic (I use The Pampered Chef "Garlic Press" because it keeps my hands from getting all stinky)
  • In a saucepan, saute garlic in butter for 1 minute, then stir in the flour and pepper until smooth; gradually add the milk
  • Bring the mixture to boil; cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes until thick
  • Reduce heat; stir in 2 cups of cheese until melted; remove from heat
  • Add pasta and 1/3 cup bacon to the cheese sauce
  • Transfer to a 2 qt baking dish (I use The Pampered Chef "Deep Covered Baker")
  • Cover and bake for 30 minutes
  • Uncover; sprinkle with remaining cheese and bacon
  • Bake an additional 5 to 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted

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