Saturday, September 3, 2011

Recipe: Creamy Penne Pasta with Bacon

Pasta is one of those dishes I love to make with a big salad and side of fresh bread. A rather simple meal, but fully satisfying and easy to make. The one pasta dish I seem to make often is fettuccini. I have been really craving some but didn’t have the fettuccini noodles in my pantry, and instead had penne noodles so I whipped up this creation instead.  Wow! This was a huge hit for dinner.
Creamy Penne with Bacon
1 package (12 ounce) Penne noodles
6 strips of bacon, cooked until crispy, broken into small pieces
½ white onion, chopped
2 small heads of garlic, minced
1 pint (16 ounces) heavy whipping cream
½ cup sour cream
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 package (ounces) finely shredded parmesan cheese
Fresh parsley, for garnish

In a large pan, boil Penne according to package directions; drain water.
Fry bacon on medium heat until crispy.
Place bacon on paper towel to soak up extra grease and set aside.
Pour grease into disposable container.
In the same pan as you cooked the bacon, add the onions and garlic.
Cook until onions are translucent and soft, about 3-5 minutes, stirring often.
In a saucepan on medium-high heat, add cream, sour cream, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Stir until sauce is well blended and comes to a boil.
In the same pan as the noodles, combine onions, garlic, cream sauce, parmesan cheese; mix until cheese is melted.
Serve in a big bowl; add the bacon on top, and parsley for garnish.
Makes 6 servings.
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