Thursday, February 28, 2008

Baked 4 Cheese Pasta

I made this for dinner tonite and it was a hit! We ate almost the entire pan. I served it with pork chops and it was delicious. It could also be served by itself as a main dish or add chicken to it. Any package of preshredded Italian cheese blend that has 3-7 different cheeses can be used here.

4 slices bacon, chopped fine
1 small onion, chopped fine
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 lb. penne or ziti (about 4 cups)
1/2 c. grated Parmesan Cheese
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup shredded Italian 4 cheese blend

Have oven rack in upper-middle position and heat oven to 500 degrees. Cook bacon, onion, and garlic in a large nonstick over medium-high heat until onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Add broth, cream, pasta and 1/2 tsp. salt, cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring frequently, until pasta is tender about 15 minutes.
*when there was about 3 minutes to go, I ran out of liquid and the pasta wasn't done. I added about 1/2 cup more of a combo of broth and cream.

Remove from heat, stir in Parmesan and peas and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to 2 qt. casserole dish and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Bake until cheese is melted and spotty brown, about 5 minutes. Serve.


Diana said...

Totally delicious! Thanks talented friend!