Aug 222010
 

Pictures

the Ingrdients

the Ingrdients

Big o' Bowl o' Cheese

Big o' Bowl o' Cheese

Bacon!!!

Bacon!!!

Bacon!!!

Bacon!!!

Bacon Crumbles

Bacon Crumbles

Cooking Pasta

Cooking Pasta

Cooking Garlic

Cooking Garlic

Adding the Milk

Adding the Milk

Boiling

Boiling

Adding the Cheese

Adding the Cheese

Cheese Sauce

Cheese Sauce

Adding the Pasta and Bacon Crumbles

Adding the Pasta and Bacon Crumbles

Getting Ready for the Oven

Getting Ready for the Oven

Almost Done

Almost Done

All Done!!

All Done!!

Yummy!!!

Yummy!!!

Cheesy Bacon Penne

2 cups penne pasta
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups 2% milk
3 cups cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
1/2 cup cooked bacon, crumbled (about 12 strips)

Heat oven to 350*F

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, saute garlic in butter for 1 minute. Stir in flour and pepper until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat; stir in 2 cups of cheese until melted. Remove from heat.

Drain the pasta; add pasta and 1/3 cup of bacon to cheese sauce. Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 350* for 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining cheese and bacon.

Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

Okay I love bacon, cheese and pasta, therefore I LOVE THIS!!! So yummy! The cheese kind of takes on a ricotta like texture, but it’s good. This recipe came from a Taste of Home Bacon Magazine, but wasn’t on their website.

I served with it with Pepper-Bacon Burgers.

Jul 082010
 

Everything is better with bacon!!!

the Ingredients

Getting Ready to Mix it Up

Putting them in the Oven

All Cooked

On my Plate

Bacon Wrapped Meat Loaves

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 cup lowfat cheddar cheese, shredded
1 whole egg
1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
1 teaspoon salt
6 strip bacon, cut into  halves

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients except bacon. Shape mixture into 6 loaves. Crisscross 2 half slices bacon on each loaf, tucking ends under loaf. Place loaves on rack in shallow baking pan. Bake uncovered 50 minutes.

I crisped them up under the broiler for about 5 minutes. They tasted very meaty! We served this with Ranchero Corn.

Jun 302010
 

Tonight we had left over Pepper Bacon Burgers with Ranchero Corn.

Everything is better with BACON!!!

the Ingredients

Corn and Bacon!

Adding the Sauce

All Mixed Up

DINNER!!!

Ranchero Corn

1/4 pound bacon
2 11 ounce cans Mexican style corn, drained
1/4 cup ranch salad dressing (I use Spicy Ranch)
1 teaspoon lime juice
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Cook bacon in large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Discard drippings. Crumble bacon.

In same skillet. combine cooked bacon and corn. Reduce heat to low: cook 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile. in small bowl, combine salad dressing. lime juice, cumin and red pepper flakes: mix well.

Add dressing mixture to corn mixture; mix well. Remove skillet from heat.

I really like this corn. I wish I knew where I got this recipe but I have no idea!!!

Jun 222010
 

I found this recipe here.

the Ingredients

BACON!!!

Adding the Turkey

5 Patties to Be

Grilling the Patties

Mine Shown with Tomatoes and Guacamole!

Pepper Bacon Burger

Makes 5 (easily could have made 6 and probably will next time)

1 whole egg, beaten
1/4 cup bread crumbs
6 strip bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
4 whole serrano pepper, finely chopped, or 2 jalapenos
2 tablespoons milk
1 20 ounce package ground turkey
1 whole Anaheim chili pepper, seeded and cut into rings
1 whole onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings
2 tablespoons margarine or butter
5 whole lettuce leaves
5 whole sandwich thins, or hamburger buns, split and toasted
5 slices cheddar cheese slices

In a large mixing bowl stir together egg, bread crumbs, bacon, serrano or jalapeno peppers, and milk. Add ground turkey and mix well. Shape meat into five 3/4-inch-thick patties.

Grill patties, on an uncovered grill, directly over medium coals for 15 to 18 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in side of patty registers 160 degrees F, turning once.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan or skillet cook the Anaheim or mild green chili pepper and onion in margarine or butter about 10 minutes or until onion is tender. Serve burgers on lettuce-lined buns. Top burgers with cheese and pepper-onion mixture.

Now Justin and I are not a big fan of the onion so I just sauted the Anaheim pepper in butter and left out the onion all together. I thought these burgers were awesome!!! Even Justin, who is super picky, ate the sauted pepper and seemed to enjoy it.