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Cheddar Bacon Penne Pasta


A touch of bacon is what makes this pasta recipe perfect. A blend of smokey bacon with sharp cheese are great complements. Serve as a side with chicken or pork.

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  • 1 cup uncooked penne pasta
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded, divided, about 6 ounces
  • 1 bacon strip, cooked and crumbled


Servings 2
Preparation time 15mins
Cooking time 30mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Cook pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, in a small nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, saute onion until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in 1 cup cheese until melted.

Drain pasta. Add pasta, bacon and onion mixture to the sauce; stir to coat. Transfer to a 3-cup baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Bake, uncovered, at 350°F for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Yield: 2 servings.

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