Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Bacon Lovers Creamy Penne Pasta

Boy oh boy, do I have an awesome tried and true recipe to share with all of you today! Pasta loaded with bacon, mushrooms, garlic, green onion, heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. A bacon and pasta lover's dream come true. I decided to call it "Bacon Lovers Creamy Penne Pasta" so there is no confusion. You must love bacon to love this pasta dish. 



I found this delicious recipe on Food.com, Bacon Pasta. It has 5 stars with 40 reviews. The name of the recipe really doesn't do it justice. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would...it's that good.   



To make, you need: Penne pasta, bacon (I used thick cut applewood smoked bacon), mushrooms, green onion, garlic, black pepper, Parmesan cheese and heavy cream. 



I cooked my bacon in the oven and reserved the bacon drippings for the pasta (recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of bacon drippings to saute the mushrooms and garlic).  


My best tip - have your ingredients prepped and ready to go for the last step, bacon cooked and cut, green onions sliced, heavy cream and Parmesan measured and pepper with a measuring spoon nearby. 


They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I'll just let the picture below speak for itself. I made this dish for my husband's birthday yesterday and it was a phenomenal hit! This is definitely a recipe fit for special occasions. 



Bacon Lovers Creamy Penne Pasta


Ingredients
  • 1 box penne pasta (16 oz), cooked according to box
  • 12 slices bacon, cooked and cut into small pieces, reserve 2 Tablespoons of drippings. (I used thick cut applewood smoked bacon and *"fried" it in my oven. If using thick cut bacon, you can use less slices) see tips below
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup green onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (recipe calls for 2, but I used 3)
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Directions 
Before starting, have all of your ingredients prepped, measured and ready to go.

First, cook bacon (see tip below) and reserve 2 tablespoons of bacon drippings. Next, start to prepare pasta according to directions on box.

In a large skillet, using bacon drippings, saute mushrooms and garlic in bacon grease over medium to medium-high heat until mushrooms are tender - approximately 3 to 5 minutes. Turn heat down to low. 

When pasta is ready, pour on top of mushrooms and garlic in skillet over medium heat. Next, add heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. Stir over medium heat until well blended, all the cheese has melted and the sauce is thick and creamy. Last, add pepper, green onion and bacon. Stir until well blended and serve right away.  Enjoy!

Tips
  • *I "fry" bacon in the oven, it's super easy with a lot less mess and a cinch to clean up. You can see how to do it here, Oven-Fried Bacon. 
  • Best tip - have all of your ingredients ready to go. Fry your bacon ahead of time. Have your ingredients, sliced, minced and measured. This makes it so much easier when it's time to add the final ingredients to the pasta.  
  • Head to food.com to read the great reviews yourself!

Sharing this awesome pasta recipe at Weekend Potluck.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Cheers!


13 comments:

Pamela S said...

This looks awesome. We love pasta dishes so I pinned this and will be making it for sure.

Ruth N said...

Hi Mary! I just wanted to point out that the mushrooms were left out of your ingredients list. I looked at the food.com recipe and saw it's a half cup fresh sliced if anyone is wondering. Thank you for the great recipe. I've been looking for some good, quick one dish meals.

Mary N said...

Great catch, Ruth! Thank you! Fixed. This is a wonderful (sinful) pasta dish. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family did. Have a wonderful weekend!

Pamela, I hope you enjoy it too!

Laurie Dodson said...

Hi Mary, I just wanted to boast on this recipe. It is so easy to make and oh, so delicious. Thanks so much. We will be having this again. And I hope you dont mind me sharing the recipe?
Laurie D

Laurie Dodson said...

Hi Mary, I just wanted to boast on this recipe. It is so easy to make and oh, so delicious. Thanks so much. We will be having this again. And I hope you dont mind me sharing the recipe?
Laurie D

Anonymous said...

Approximately how many people does this serve?

Niki Larocque said...

Is there a way to pin this?

Niki Larocque said...

How did you pin?

Mary N said...

Niki - The Pin link is with the recipe recipe - you can copy and paste this too: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/25825397841826312/

Unknown said...

Trying it tonight!

Trenise said...

Trying this tonight!

Unknown said...

In the pics of the ingredients, it shows shredded parmesan, but in the recipe it says grated parmesan. Does it matter which one I use? Thank you.

Mary N said...

You want to use shredded Parmesan cheese, not the powder stuff on the shelf - but the good stuff.