One of my all time favorite foods is pasta. For the most part it doesn’t matter how it’s made, what kind of sauce is on it, or what’s in it (in the case of stuffed pasta), I’ll most likely love it. A few months ago when I saw a broccoli bacon mac and cheese recipe on Jen’s blog over at Peas and Crayons, I knew that I had to give it a try. Really, you can’t go wrong with bacon, right? Bacon + pasta sounds like heaven to me. Even better yet, add some broccoli to the mix to get in some veggies and you have a delicious sounding recipe.
Instead of baking the bacon in the oven I decided to pan fry it instead. It was quicker than doing it in the oven and since I was hungry, I thought it was a better option. Once the bacon was done I put the water on the stove and cooked up the pasta. While the pasta was cooking I had a little help with the chopping and grating. While I was chopping up the broccoli I had someone else shred the cheese for me. With a little bit of team work it went pretty quick.
I then cooked the broccoli just long enough to get it tender in boiling water – it didn’t take too long. I then started making the sauce. While it was work intensive, it wasn’t actually hard to do. You just have to keep an eye on it and make sure you don’t let it burn.
Once all the different components were cooked and ready to go I put the pasta and broccoli into a large baking dish, followed by the cheese and sauce. I then mixed it all together to ensure that the pasta was coated with the sauce. Finally I topped it off with the bacon. The baking dish then went into the oven for 20 minutes to bake.
Needless to say, this was an amazing dish that I know I’ll be making again. It did take awhile to make, but none of the steps were particularly hard. It was just a matter of getting the the different ingredients cooked/chopped/grated before combining them.
I made a few small modifications to the recipe. First off, I used 5 strips of bacon instead of the 3 stated in the recipe. I have yet to eat any kind of recipe that was worse off with extra bacon. Second, I used 2% milk instead of whole milk because that’s what we had in the fridge. Other than that, I followed the recipe.
If you want to give this recipe a try yourself, head over to this post at Peas and Crayons to find it. I know you won’t regret making it.
What’s your favorite meal that has bacon in it?