When I was in university, I created this flavorful penne pasta recipe using my favorite ingredients: smoked bacon, button mushrooms and garlic. It became a hit with my family, friends and even special guests at home. It's a wonderful recipe because it's easy, convenient and yummy to boot! Serve while hot with buttered crusty bread. Enjoy!

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 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 the penne pasta and 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pot, and cook until pasta is almost tender, about 6 minutes. Drain.

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  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until browned. Stir in the garlic and cook for a few minutes, then add the mushrooms. Cook, stirring constantly, for a couple of minutes until the mushrooms begin to soften.

  • Pour in the chicken stock, and bring to a boil. Allow to simmer over medium heat for about 3 minutes. Add cooked pasta to the pan, and stir until coated. Simmer uncovered until the sauce has reduced to just a few teaspoons in the bottom. Place generous servings onto plates, and top with Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts

416.1 calories; 18.6 g protein; 61 g carbohydrates; 17.1 mg cholesterol; 677.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/10/2005
My son and I LOVED this recipe! The only reason I am not giving it 5 stars is that my husband found it lacking in flavor (his taste buds must be on vacation). I did add onion as previously suggested. Next time I do think I will add some diced chicken and replace some of the broth with white wine to add some more flavor. Thanks for the post. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/30/2006
Good base recipe. But after reading the reivews about reduction and soggy bacon I took the ingredients and did my own thing. Here's what I did: Crisped the bacon in a pan and removed. Dumped all but a Tbs of grease and fried mushrooms in pan for a minute. Added 1/4 cup of chicken stock and scraped up the bacon bits. Added broccoli and garlic and covered to steam veggies. Added very al dente pasta to pan and 1/2 cup more chicken stock. Reduced by half and finished w/ a dash of cream and some parmesan. Then I sprinkled the bacon on top and served with more parmesan. Soooo good. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 22
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
03/10/2005
My son and I LOVED this recipe! The only reason I am not giving it 5 stars is that my husband found it lacking in flavor (his taste buds must be on vacation). I did add onion as previously suggested. Next time I do think I will add some diced chicken and replace some of the broth with white wine to add some more flavor. Thanks for the post. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/29/2006
Good base recipe. But after reading the reivews about reduction and soggy bacon I took the ingredients and did my own thing. Here's what I did: Crisped the bacon in a pan and removed. Dumped all but a Tbs of grease and fried mushrooms in pan for a minute. Added 1/4 cup of chicken stock and scraped up the bacon bits. Added broccoli and garlic and covered to steam veggies. Added very al dente pasta to pan and 1/2 cup more chicken stock. Reduced by half and finished w/ a dash of cream and some parmesan. Then I sprinkled the bacon on top and served with more parmesan. Soooo good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/10/2005
My son and I LOVED this recipe! The only reason I am not giving it 5 stars is that my husband found it lacking in flavor (his taste buds must be on vacation). I did add onion as previously suggested. Next time I do think I will add some diced chicken and replace some of the broth with white wine to add some more flavor. Thanks for the post. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2007
This was fanatastic. I was looking for a different pasta recipe to have for dinner and stumbled on this. I saw that Kez a good friend made it and enjoyed it and decided I had to try it. I cooked the bacon first then took it out and added onion in with the 'shrooms and I used some roasted garlic I had on hand. After they began to get tender I added a bit of flour before I put the chicken broth in. I added the bacon back into it with the pasta and mixed in some Parmesan cheese. My hubby said next time add some asparagus I think that will be great! Thanks Onyx78 for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2013
I didn't measure anything just cooked and added as it looked right to me. I added chopped fresh shallot with the garlic and some fresh baby spinach at the end. Humble simple but extremely delicious. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/25/2006
I was pleasantly surprised by this dish. I thought it might be a bit bland it wasn't. After reading the reviews I removed bacon and mushroom from the pan before adding the stock and used less of the stock when the stock had reduced I put the bacon and mushrooms back and let it warm through. When serving I sprinkled a small amount of parmesan on top. My husband pulled faces when I told him what I was making but he enjoyed it more than I did and I liked it. Thanks Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2004
Very good. This wasn't yet review when I tried it so I was scared...but very happy with the end results. I used Peppered Bacon 2 cups homemade turkey broth and less pasta. It turned out great and I was pleased how the pasta soaked up all the flavor while it simmered. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/28/2008
This was very tasty! I made it as-is but would definitely follow some of the other readers comments next time. The reduction of the "sauce" (which wasn't a sauce so don't be expecting that!) was the only ridiculous part of this recipe. There is no way that would have ever reduced to a few Tbsp. without turning my pasta to baby food. Here are the changes that I will make next time...1)I'm using MORE bacon...this is the main flavor in this dish and we love bacon so the more the merrier! 2) Either add flour or cornstarch to thicken the sauce or reduce the liquid. 3) A green veggie would be nice. I'm thinking the others had it right...either broccoli or asparagus. 4) Drain the bacon grease...at least drain most of it. 5) Remove the bacon and mushrooms after sauteeing and add them right before serving. I think after making these changes we are definitely looking at a contender for a simple easy relatively inexpensive winner! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/14/2005
I think this could have turned out better if it wasn't all mixed together and simmered until the stock was reduced the bacon and mushrooms lost their crispiness from being sauteed and the pasta got mushy. And I only used 2 of the 3 cups of stock. I also added a lot more Parmesan cheese to thicken the sauce up a little bit. Concept was good just didn't turn out as well as I expected. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2009
did add celery onions chicken and garlic.. yummy!! Read More
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