Easy as one, two, three! Everyone loves this - from kids to adults. Also great as leftovers and is super served alone or with grilled chicken.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and reserve.

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  • In a large skillet over medium heat, brown bacon until crisp; drain on paper towels. Discard all but 2 tablespoons of bacon fat.

  • Add sliced onions to skillet and cook over medium heat in bacon fat until slightly browned. Add broth, hot pepper flakes, and bacon; simmer until ready to serve.

  • Add penne to mixture in skillet and heat until warmed through; serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

501 calories; protein 19.2g 38% DV; carbohydrates 42g 14% DV; fat 28.3g 44% DV; cholesterol 38.6mg 13% DV; sodium 1301.1mg 52% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
01/31/2008
This had a good flavor and was super simple...very good for busy weeknights. For that I give it a 4 star! I took it a little further though by jazzing it up a little (aka... made it totally unhealthy/fattening but really tasty - eat in moderation!) by giving it a pinch or two of garlic powder draining the juices and adding them to cream of chicken soup a little milk ground black pepper adding it back to the penne in a casserole dish put a mild white grated cheese on top with a little bit of grated sharp cheddar to give it color... baked it until melted and bubbly. Yum. That made it a FIVE star. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/27/2005
put in some spinach for extra umph... real simple but it is a nice mix of flavors Read More
(4)
14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
01/31/2008
This had a good flavor and was super simple...very good for busy weeknights. For that I give it a 4 star! I took it a little further though by jazzing it up a little (aka... made it totally unhealthy/fattening but really tasty - eat in moderation!) by giving it a pinch or two of garlic powder draining the juices and adding them to cream of chicken soup a little milk ground black pepper adding it back to the penne in a casserole dish put a mild white grated cheese on top with a little bit of grated sharp cheddar to give it color... baked it until melted and bubbly. Yum. That made it a FIVE star. Read More
(5)
Rating: 3 stars
09/27/2005
put in some spinach for extra umph... real simple but it is a nice mix of flavors Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
04/10/2005
This was really good. I added small white beans. Spinach would be good also. Quick and healthy-(use your own home-made chicken broth of course) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/21/2008
This was a pretty good simple recipe that my family enjoyed (including my 2 year old). I used smoked sausage instead of bacon and added peas. Both were tasty. It could use a little more flavor however. I will probably add some garlic with the onion next time. My husband liked it with parmesan cheese too. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/26/2007
This is a yummy dish thats really easy to make. I think that next time and there will be a next time I might add some extra tomatoes. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/04/2011
This was pretty bland but okay. Add some zing and it'd be way better. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/26/2005
Super easy and tasted good. Family liked it. Not a stellar serve it for company kind of dish but a good basic easy weeknight dinner. I will certainly make it again. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/20/2008
I enjoyed the flavor of this pasta...but the bacon lost all of its crispness and became very limp after simmering in the broth. Perhaps cutting the bacon into smaller pieces and only using half in the pasta - the other half as a garnish on top when serving would add to the texture and pleasing appearance of the dish. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/27/2017
Added cut up chicken breast to skillet with onion and two cloves of minced garlic. After adding broth I added cut up zucchini. Another reviewer recommended spinach which sound great but unfortunately I didn't have any. Husband loved it. Read More