Bacon and cheese pasta bake

Bacon and cheese pasta bake


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About this recipe: This dish is macaroni cheese with bacon, only with penne pasta! It's creamy, cheesy and packed full of flavour. Enjoy as a main course or as a side dish.

Abbey Robb

Serves: 4 - 6

  • 2 rashers streaky bacon
  • 225g penne pasta
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 340g grated Cheddar cheese
  • 30g butter
  • 3 tablespoons plain flour
  • 475ml milk

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:45min 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
  2. Place bacon in a large, deep frying pan. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.
  3. In a large pot with boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente. Drain.
  4. In a medium frying pan, saute the chopped onion and garlic. Take off heat and add chopped cooked bacon and set aside.
  5. To make the sauce, in a medium saucepan melt the butter over low heat. Once melted, add the flour and stir constantly for 2 minutes. Gradually add milk and continue stirring until thickened. Stir in 2/3 of the grated Cheddar cheese and stir until melted.
  6. Combine cooked pasta, sauteed vegetables and sauce. Pour into a 2 litre baking dish. Sprinkle over remaining Cheddar cheese.
  7. Bake uncovered in preheated oven until cheese on top is melted and brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve warm.

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Reviews (20)


Made this for my boyfriend last night, added mushrooms to the pasta and sprinkled parmesan on the top, served with a green salad. Was lovely, we both enjoyed it very much. - 15 Feb 2012


lovely and very cheesy really impressed - 26 Feb 2011


yum yum - 29 Oct 2011

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