56 Ratings
  • 5 Rating Star 25
  • 4 Rating Star 15
  • 2 Rating Star 10
  • 3 Rating Star 4
  • 1 Rating Star 2

This is a delicious combination of pasta, 2 cheeses, bacon bits, shallots and whipping cream with bread crumb topping. This dish should be served immediately as it does not reheat well because the fat separates from pasta and other ingredients.

rolo123
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the penne, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.

  • Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate, and reserve the remaining bacon drippings in a small bowl. Crumble the bacon into a bowl, then mix in the panko bread crumbs, butter, and chopped parsley. Set aside.

  • Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the garlic and shallots; cook and stir until the shallots have softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the bacon drippings and flour. Cook and stir for 1 minute, then whisk in the heavy cream and thyme. Continue to cook and stir until reduced by 1/3. Add Monterey Jack cheese and Cheddar cheese, stirring until cheeses have melted. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the penne pasta. Transfer the pasta mixture to a 9x13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with the bread crumb mixture.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until bread crumbs have browned and the sauce is bubbly, about 25 minutes.

Tip

Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

685.58 calories; 16.76 g protein; 39.71 g carbohydrates; 53.16 g fat; 156.53 mg cholesterol; 486.48 mg sodium.Full Nutrition


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Most helpful positive review

10/19/2011
The first time I made this was for out of town visitors the end of this past July there were no left overs. I've made it twice since then. I use a whole pound of Farmer John thick sliced bacon it's just necessary as we love bacon. I mix half of it into the dish and rest in the topping. Yes Molly is right the fat/calorie police won't like it but when they come to my door I shoot 'em. The deliciousness squad on the other hand would love it.
(97)

Most helpful critical review

04/04/2012
For all the general unhealthiness of this dish I expected it would taste amazing (don't most unhealthy things taste delicious?) but it was BLAND! All I could taste was the heavy cream. It tasted no better than a cheap box of mac n' cheese but took a tremendous amount of work.
(2)
56 Ratings
  • 5 Rating Star 25
  • 4 Rating Star 15
  • 2 Rating Star 10
  • 3 Rating Star 4
  • 1 Rating Star 2
10/19/2011
The first time I made this was for out of town visitors the end of this past July there were no left overs. I've made it twice since then. I use a whole pound of Farmer John thick sliced bacon it's just necessary as we love bacon. I mix half of it into the dish and rest in the topping. Yes Molly is right the fat/calorie police won't like it but when they come to my door I shoot 'em. The deliciousness squad on the other hand would love it.
(97)
09/15/2011
This was super delicious! I only made a couple changes which was I used all cheddar cheese added red pepper flakes and black pepper to the sauce and instead of chopping the bacon I pulsed it in a food processor and mixed it with the panko to make "bacon breadcrumbs." Again this turned out super delicious and I would definitely make again. Thanks for sharing.
(57)
09/15/2011
Recipe Group Selection: 10 September '11 Oh my..........this dish is delicious. The calorie/fat police are not going to like this one - but my husband and I LOVED it. I had to add 3 ounces of another shaped pasta because my penne was only a 13 oz. box. Other than that change I made as written. It was the first time I've used a shallot and panko bread crumbs. The texture is nice and creamy and loaded with flavor. Thanks rolo123 for sharing this one.
(56)
10/20/2011
This recipe is fantastic. I took a previous rater's advice and increased the bacon to one pound and added more cheese and also some garlic powder. Also I added stirred in lightly 1/2 cup of white wine just before baking.
(32)
08/02/2011
This is freaking awesome!! A little time comsuming but totally worth it!! Panko bread crumbs are just the right topping!
(27)
10/20/2011
Amazingly delicious!:) a wonderful meal. for those that would like to try this dish and are put off by the nutrition information. there are ways to make it a bit less fattening by using lower fat substitutions. Use common sense and you can make it work. Having said that there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with enjoying this dish the way it's written. It's superb. I alter for my and my families taste and added a bit of fresh garlic and some basil (which I don't really care for - but the family does:)).
(19)
10/20/2011
This was fabulous calories and all
(18)
07/21/2011
this rocked
(18)
10/20/2011
Tasty dish - use milk instead of all cream if you like.
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