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Cheddar Bacon Penne

Sandra Bienz from Calgary, Alberta gave this satisfying classic extra flair by mixing in bacon crumbles and minced garlic.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked penne pasta
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 bacon strip, cooked and crumbled


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, saute onion until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in 1 cup cheese until melted.
  • Drain pasta. Add pasta, bacon and onion mixture to the sauce; stir to coat. Transfer to a 3-cup baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 528 calories, 29g fat (18g saturated fat), 87mg cholesterol, 712mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 2g fiber), 32g protein.

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  • zookeeperk
    Mar 26, 2014

    Enjoyed the taste and will be making it often.

  • MaryFaith528
    Jan 8, 2014

    Loved! I used store bought real bacon bits. More tasty with cheese that you grate yourself. Just melts better.

  • mlia
    May 9, 2012

    No comment left

  • LeslieH
    Apr 26, 2012

    Very easy to make with a nice flavour. Different from the usual mac and cheese.

  • micheleclow
    Apr 17, 2012

    No comment left

  • micheleclow
    Apr 17, 2012

    I wish I would have read the reviews before I made this. I used sharp cheddar and gouda and we were all very disappointed in the taste...and this from a family that loves mac & cheese. I thought bacon made everything great?

  • kcc1108
    Feb 20, 2012

    Very rich and creamy!

  • KimberlyD.
    Dec 30, 2010

    This was good, but I found it to be a bit bland. Will likely make it again, but will add some herbs or spices. I like the suggestion of adding cayenne.

  • MaryHauser
    Dec 21, 2010

    This was really yummy! I added a little garlic salt and a little cayenne pepper and black pepper. Very "grown up mac" and cheese! My prep time took a bit longer, I hand grated the cheese and used a kitchen scale to get the amount right, If you don't buy it already grated, there are quite a few variables in weight vs cups. With a side salad and fruit it was a great meal!

  • raaadts
    Nov 30, 2009

    good and hearty