Cheddar Bacon Penne

What could be better than the classic mac and cheese recipe? How about adding bacon! This might not be healthy, but it sure does taste good. Why feed your family the standard boxed macaroni and cheese when you can prepare this dish with ease in your very own home.

Cheddar cheese is one of the most popular types of cheese in the world. Cheddar cheese is a hard, pale yellow to orange, sharp-tasting cheese originally (and still) made in the English village of Cheddar, in Somerset.

The traditional Mac-N-Cheese dish is as classic as apple pie. Do you have any favorite twists on the classic recipe?

1 cup uncooked penne, or other 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 shredded cheddar cheese

1 cooked bacon strip, crumbled

Cook the pasta according to the package directions and drain.

Meanwhile, in a small greased non-stick skillet, saute the onion and garlic until tender and set aside.

In a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add milk.

Bring to a boil; cooks and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.

Stir in 1 cup of cheese until melted.

Add the pasta, bacon and onion mixture to the sauce; toss to coat.

Transfer to a 3-cup baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Bake uncovered at 350F for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

2 Servings

Nutrition Facts: 528 calories, 29 g fat, 87 g cholesterol, 712 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 32 g protein

Source by Thomas G

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