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Cheesy Bacon Penne

This satisfying classic gets its flair by mixing in two of the best foods around: bacon and garlic!—Sharon Skildum, Maple Grove, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon

Directions

  • Cook pasta according to 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 the heat.
  • Drain pasta; add pasta and 1/3 cup 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 402 calories, 24g fat (16g saturated fat), 83mg cholesterol, 708mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 22g protein.

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