Cheddar Bacon Penne

  • 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 (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 bacon strip, cooked and crumbled

Directions

  • 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. Yield: 2 servings.

Nutritional Facts1-1/4 cups (prepared with reduced-fat cheese) equals 528 calories, 29 g fat (18 g saturated fat), 87 mg cholesterol, 712 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 32 g protein.

From Taste of Home

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