Bacon and cheese pasta bake

    45 min

    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.

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    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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    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