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Cheddar Bacon Penne Recipe
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Cheddar Bacon Penne Recipe

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Sandra Bienz from Calgary, Alberta gave this satisfying classic extra flair by mixing in bacon crumbles and minced garlic.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 2 servings

Ingredients

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

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups (prepared with reduced-fat cheese) equals 528 calories, 29 g fat (18 g saturated fat), 87 mg cholesterol, 712 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 32 g protein.

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Cheddar Bacon Penne in Cooking for 2 Winter 2007, p23

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups (prepared with reduced-fat cheese) equals 528 calories, 29 g fat (18 g saturated fat), 87 mg cholesterol, 712 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 32 g protein.

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Reviewed Mar. 26, 2014

Enjoyed the taste and will be making it often.

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Reviewed Jan. 8, 2014

Loved! I used store bought real bacon bits. More tasty with cheese that you grate yourself. Just melts better.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2012

Very easy to make with a nice flavour. Different from the usual mac and cheese.

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Reviewed Apr. 17, 2012

I wish I would have read the reviews before I made this. I used sharp cheddar and gouda and we were all very disappointed in the taste...and this from a family that loves mac & cheese. I thought bacon made everything great?

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Reviewed Feb. 20, 2012

Very rich and creamy!

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