Recipe

Bacon and cheese pasta

Golden breadcrumbs and bacon top this deliciously cheesy pasta bake. Serve with a crisp seasonal salad alongside

  • 20 mins preparation
  • 35 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Ingredients

Bacon and cheese pasta
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 clove garlic, crushed
  • 4 piece bacon, diced, cooked, reserving 1 Tbsp bacon fat
  • 400 millilitre cream
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 3 cup grated cheese
  • 500 gram penne pasta, cooked as per packet instructions
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoon parsley, chopped
Seasonal salad
  • 60 gram salad greens
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 tomato. sliced
Pantry items
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil for frying
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • 550 millilitre milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoon butter, melted

Method

Bacon and cheese pasta
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C.
  • 2
    In a large pan, reheat reserved bacon fat over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  • 3
    Add flour and stir for 1 minute. Whisk in cream, milk and thyme. Reduce by a third. Stir in cheese until melted, and the mixture is creamy and thickened.
  • 4
    Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and gently stir in pasta. Place in a large casserole dish.
  • 5
    In a small bowl, mix together diced bacon, breadcrumbs, butter and parsley.
  • 6
    Top pasta with breadcrumb mixture and bake uncovered at same heat until bubbling and lightly browned on top, 20 to 25 minutes. Garnish with parsley. Serve with salad.