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.