2772. MACARONI and CHEESE PIE with a BACON CRUST

1 3/4 pounds bacon
8 ounces uncooked cellentani (corkscrew-shaped) macaroni
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, divided
2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
4 cups (16 ounces) shredded sharp colby jack cheese
1/2 cup (about 1 ounce) grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1 pinch fresh basil, chopped

Take 1 pound of bacon and tightly weave it into a square, alternating over and under with the strips of bacon, that is roughly the size of your pie tin. Flip the bacon weave into your pie tin and press down, conforming the bacon to the shape of the tin. Place another pie tin on top of the bacon and press down firmly. This will help your bacon pie crust keep its shape while cooking. Create another bacon weave using the remaining 3/4 pound of bacon. This will be the lattice top for the pie, so with this one you’ll want to leave some space in between the slices of bacon. Place the bacon pie crust and lattice top on separate baking sheets and cook at 400°F for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the macaroni according to the package directions, drain it and set aside. In a saucepan, melt 1/4 cup butter over medium heat and stir in the flour. Add milk to the mix slowly while stirring constantly. Stir in the cheeses and cook over low heat until the cheese is melted and the sauce is slightly thick. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs and brown. When the bacon is done cooking remove the second pie tin from the top of the crust and let it cool for a few minutes. (Pat the bacon gently with paper towel to absorb any excess grease.) Spoon the macaroni mixture into your bacon pie crust and sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the macaroni and cheese. Sprinkle with nutmeg and basil leaves. Cover your pie with the bacon lattice top and cook at 400°F for 15 minutes. Once your pie is done cooking let it cool and then dig in and enjoy!

bacon recipe courtesy of: Nick, DudeFoods.com | 30 Days 30 Ways with Macaroni & Cheese, Wisconsin Cheese/Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, 8418 Excelsior Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53717

Originally posted 2012-12-10 08:29:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2861. YOGURT PASTA with BACON and SNAP PEAS

serves 4-6

1 pound pasta (bow tie, penne or spiral pasta works great)
One 16-ounce package (454 grams) frozen sugar snap peas
2 teaspoons (10 ml) olive oil
4 slices (175 grams) thick-cut bacon
1 cup (247 grams) plain 2% (reduced fat) Greek yogurt
3/4 cup (84 grams) freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for serving
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 to 1/2 cup reserved pasta water (reserve before draining cooked pasta)
Juice of one lemon
Freshly chopped chives

Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Set a timer for three minutes LESS than the cooking time suggested on the pasta box then add pasta. Once the timer goes off, add frozen sugar snap peas and cook until pasta is cooked (pasta should be firm, not hard). Reserve about 1/2 a cup of the boiling pasta water then drain pasta and snap peas. (The pasta water will be used later to help make the sauce).

Meanwhile, slice bacon into 1/4-inch pieces. Then, heat olive oil over medium heat then add bacon pieces and cook, stirring occasionally until the fat renders from the bacon, is bubbling and the bacon becomes crisp.

Depending on how much bacon fat has rendered, you might want to remove a tablespoon or two – just make sure about two tablespoons are left in the pan.

Remove pan from heat, and then add the drained pasta and snap peas. Spoon Greek yogurt, and the 3/4 cup of cheese on top. Pour about a 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water over the yogurt then use tongs or two spoons to toss everything together. If the sauce seems too thick, add more pasta water. Finish the sauce by adding the juice of one lemon and season with a little salt and pepper then toss well.

To serve, transfer to bowls and serve topped with extra cheese and fresh chives (if desired).

If the pasta has cooled down too much, cook over low heat, tossing, until the sauce re-coats the pasta and then serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Adam and Joanne Gallagher, Inspired Taste, September 10, 2012

Originally posted 2013-03-09 01:03:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

3076. CREAMY BOWTIES with BACON, ONION and PEAS

serves 3 as a main dish; 6 as a side

1 pound bowtie pasta
?4 slices thick-sliced bacon
olive oil as needed
?1 medium sweet onion, finely chopped
1 cup frozen sweet peas
1/2 cup heavy cream (optional)
?2 tablespoons butter?
salt and pepper to taste
grated Parmesan cheese for garnish

Put a large pot of salted water on to boil. When boiling, cook pasta until al dente (firm to the bite), about 10 minutes. Reserve about 1 cup of the pasta cooking water. While pasta is cooking, make the sauce.
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Cut the bacon into 1/4-inch pieces. Fry bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat, until just lightly golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Leave remaining bacon drippings in the skillet and reduce heat to medium. Add onion to the skillet and sauté until soft and tender, about 4 minutes. Add peas and sauté a few minutes more until heated through.? If the skillet starts to get dry, add a little olive oil.

Stir in cream and simmer a few minutes until it begins to reduce and thicken.

Add cooked, drained pasta and bacon to the skillet and toss gently until all of the ingredients are incorporated and pasta is coated with the sauce. If the dish seems dry, add in some of the pasta water. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and drizzle in a little more olive oil and the butter. Swirl until butter is melted. Sprinkle on some grated cheese and serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Susan Filson, Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy, November 4, 2010

Originally posted 2013-10-10 01:07:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2801. ROTELLE with BACON, WATERCRESS and CHERRY TOMATOES

makes four servings?

1/2 pound sliced bacon, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch strips?
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved?
1 teaspoon salt?
3/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper?
1 bunch watercress (about 5 ounces), tough stems removed?
3/4 pound rotelle?
2 tablespoons butter?
2 tablespoons olive oil?
1 scallion including green top, cut into thin slices?
grated Parmesan cheese, for serving?

In a large frying pan, cook the bacon until golden brown and just crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Pour off all but 1 teaspoon of the fat. Add the tomatoes, salt, and pepper to the pan. Cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the tomatoes soften slightly, about 3 minutes. Add the watercress and cook, stirring, until just wilted, about 1 minute. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the rotelle until just done, about 12 minutes. Reserve 3/4 cup of the pasta water. Drain the pasta and toss with the bacon, 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water, the tomato mixture, the butter, and the olive oil. If the pasta seems dry, add more of the reserved pasta water. Top with the sliced scallions. Serve with grated Parmesan.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Food & Wine Magazine.com

Originally posted 2013-01-08 08:15:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Better with Bacon – Bacon & Tomato Pasta…

This recipe comes across my desk just in time as all of our tomato plants (and that one basil plant) have blown up!

Simple, easy, fresh and tasty!  It’s Bacon & Tomato Pasta.

Bacon and Tomato Pasta
From Guy Fieri

Ingredients

2 tablespoons kosher salt
16 ounces spaghetti pasta
1 pound thick-cut bacon or pancetta, chopped
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup red onion, diced
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
3 tablespoons garlic, minced
2 cups Roma tomatoes*, diced
1/4 cup red wine
4 tablespoons basil, chiffonade
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

In a large stock pot, boil 3 quarts of water, when boiling add 2 tablespoons kosher salt and the pasta and cook until the pasta is al dente.
In a large saute pan over medium heat, add bacon and saute until bacon is crispy. Remove bacon to drain on a paper towel-lined plate and remove 3/4 of the bacon fat from the pan.
Add extra-virgin olive oil, onions, and red chili flakes. Cook until onions are translucent, add garlic, cook for 2 minutes then add tomatoes.
Saute for 5 minutes, then deglaze with wine.
Drain pasta and add to the tomato mixture pan. Add basil and bacon. Toss with Parmesan, and add salt and pepper, to taste.

Serves 4-6.

photo via yumsugar

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Originally posted 2011-08-22 19:34:41.

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Originally posted 2013-03-10 17:47:42. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2955. TORTELLINI with RICOTTA, SPINACH and BACON

serves four

250 grams tortellini
2 rashers lean back bacon
25 grams walnuts pieces
zest ½ lemon, juice of 1
1 tablespoon finely grated parmesan, plus extra for serving
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus extra for serving
100 grams bag salad spinach
2 tablespoons ricotta

Heat the grill. Boil the pasta according to pack instructions, then tip into a colander and cool under gently running water. Meanwhile, grill the bacon on a baking tray until golden and crisp at the edges. When almost ready, tip the walnuts onto the tray to toast a little. Snip the bacon into strips.

Mix the lemon zest and juice, Parmesan and oil in a large bowl. Season with pepper, then tip in the spinach, tortellini, bacon and walnuts. Toss well, add the ricotta in small blobs, then gently toss. Season to taste, then serve with a drizzle more oil and more Parmesan, if you like.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Jane Hornby, Good Food Magazine, Building 800, Guillat Avenue, Kent Science Park, Sittingbourne ME9 8GU

Originally posted 2013-06-11 01:35:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Better with Bacon – Chicken Linguine with Peas, Parmesan and Bacon

YUMMMMMMMMMMMIE!  Yes, yummie with an “I-E” instead of the traditional “Y”.  Why? Because it’s extra special good ;-)

Just in time for dinner it’s yet another great bacon recipe that is simple and easy to make.  Also according to momlogic.com, it will serve 6-8 people for under $10.00.

It’s Chicken Linguine with Peas, Parmesn & Bacon!  Recipe after the jump…Chicken Linguine with Peas, Parmesan & Bacon

Ingredients:

1 lb. box linguine (boils in 7-8 minutes)
1/4 lb. raw bacon, chopped
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
16 oz. bag frozen petite peas
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

While the pasta is boiling, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and brown the minced bacon. Remove the bacon and place on paper towels to drain.
Season the chicken with black pepper and a small amount of salt. Cook in the hot bacon fat for a few minutes until done and set aside.
In the last minute of the pasta boiling, add the bag of frozen peas and boil for a minute.
Drain the pasta and pea mixture, add it back to the pot and top with the olive oil and chicken.
Toss evenly with tongs. Serve topped with the Parmesan cheese and bacon crumbles.

recipe via Susannah Locketti over at momlogic.com 

Originally posted 2010-04-26 15:22:14.

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