Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Spinach & Bacon Pasta Bake

This spinach & bacon pasta bake is a very simple dish to make at home that is guaranteed to satisfy your family's taste buds. Creamy pasta, crispy bacon, and fresh spinach all come together in one delicious family meal. This pasta bake is not only delicious but really inexpensive. It's also really quick to make, so in about 15 minutes dinner is ready for everyone to enjoy! You can also add sautéed mushrooms, onions, and/or leeks to this dish. Serve this pasta bake with a salad and warm bread (try my easy homemade focaccia bread recipe) to make it a complete meal.

3/4 lb. penne pasta
10 slices of smoked bacon, chopped
a handful of baby spinach, chopped
1 cup crème fraiche
pinch of chili flakes
1 cup of grated parmesan cheese, plus more for sprinkling
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

Preheat your broiler to high

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil then add the penne and cook for 8-9 minutes

Cook the chopped bacon in a pan until crisp and browned then drain the bacon from the grease

Drain the pasta and add it back to the pan along with the crispy bacon, spinach, crème fraiche, chili flakes, and the grated parmesan cheese

Pour the pasta into a baking dish and sprinkle with additional parmesan cheese and panko breadcrumbs

Place the baking dish under the broiler for a few minutes until golden brown

Serve each portion with a fresh salad and enjoy!

Serves 4-6

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