Rotini and Cheese

This hearty one-dish meal combines smoky bacon with tangy cheddar for a family-friendly midweek meal that comes together in a flash. Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups) Calories:470 Fat:19.9g (sat 9.1g,mono 7.7g,poly 1.3g) Protein:18.4g Carbohydrate:54.8g Fiber:3.7g Cholesterol:40mg Iron:2.7mg Sodium:667mg Calcium:258mg

Photo by Kathy M.
Adapted from find.myrecipes.com

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Adapted from find.myrecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 2 bacon slices

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 cup finely chopped onion

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • 1 cup 1% low-fat milk

  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 5 cups hot cooked rotini (about 8 ounces uncooked pasta)

  • 3/4 cup frozen green peas, thawed

Directions

1. Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; crumble. Increase heat to medium-high. Add butter and oil to drippings in pan; swirl to coat. Add onion; sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; sauté for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add flour, and sauté 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in mustard. Gradually add 1 cup milk, stirring constantly with a whisk, and bring to a boil. Cook for 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Add cheese, salt, and pepper, stirring with a whisk until smooth. 2. Place pan over low heat. Stir in bacon, pasta, and peas; cook for 1 minute or until thoroughly heated, tossing to coat.

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