Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Bacon & Cheese Pasta Bake

Yet another winning recipe shared by my sis. Apparently my nephews love to have this. I didn’t try the recipe until recently and once I did my first thought was “Why did I wait so long to try this????”.

The original recipe is actually ‘Ham & Cheese Pasta Bake’. However I used bacon because in the land of ham and bacon, bacon always wins.

What surprised me most was how EASY it was to prepare and how YUMMY it was to savour. Here’s the recipe.

Bacon & Cheese Pasta Bake

What you need:
200g or slightly more spirally or shell pasta – I used mini shells
200g bacon roughly chopped – You may use ham
1 onion chopped
2 tablespoon olive oil
300ml cream
125g grated cheddar cheese
Black pepper ground

What to do:

Cook pasta in salted water as per directions. Strain and put back in pan.

The Rest
1)  Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat and cook onions until soft for 3 minutes. Add bacon and continue to cook for 5 minutes (if using ham cook only for 1 minute).
2) Add in cream, reduce heat and let simmer for 5 minutes. Add generous sprinkling of black pepper.
3) Add bacon & cream mixture into pan with pasta. Add ¾ of grated cheese into mixture and mix well.  (If you feel you would like the mixture to remain creamy, use less cheese at this stage)
4)  Put into greased dish and sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
Ready to go into the oven. Pasta, bacon, cream and cheese - did someone say YUM YUM?.

5)  Bake in preheated oven at 200C for about 20 minutes until cheese on top is melted and golden brown.

  •  I used 3 ramekins to make the dish. It’s more convenient this way for me. You may use any oven proof dish.

I use oven proof ramekins but you can use any oven proof dish. 

  • Keep an eye towards the end, if you feel the cheese has melted enough and you’re happy you may retrieve it slightly less than 20 minutes.
  • I actually ‘accidentally’ bought mini shell pasta. But now that I’ve tried it, I love it. it doesn’t feel very ‘heavy’ as most pasta dishes can make me feel and it goes really well in this dish. 


Amelia said...

Hi, you are back after MIA for almost 2 months.. Hope everything goes well at your side. :)

Your bacon and cheese pasta look delicious and tempting. Wish I can have some right now.

Have a nice day, regards.

Food For Tots said...

I'm with you, bacon for sure! Better late than never. At least, you did it. The dish looks so mouth-watering! ;)

Amy said...

May I know what kind of cream are you using for this recipe?

The Sudden Cook said...

Hi Amy
Thanks for dropping by. I used 'Whipping Cream' or 'Thickened Cream'. These are some of the brands I remember 'Emborg', 'Arla' & 'Pauls'

Joanna said...

I tired something similar to this using pasta bake tomato sauce. But i turned out very dry. And idea what went wrong?

The Sudden Cook said...

Hi Joanna
Hmmm I would think either the sauce wasn't enough or the the dish was baked a tad too long.

jagdish said...

May I know what kind of cream are you using for this recipe?Cook healthy chicken pasta bake within few minutes. Know chicken pasta bake decoration tips which give really testy look.
Tuna Pasta Bake

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thanks alot very much

lena said...

i hv never tried baked pasta before ..yeah..sounds so simple..i ought to make one too!

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