Penne Alfredo with Bacon and Sun Dried Tomato

by Sheryl

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 15 minutes | Total Time: 25 minutes | Servings: 4

Creamy, cheesy, and mouthful Penne Alfredo with Bacon and Sun-Dried Tomato – a great variety to your usual classic alfredo but are equally good if not better. This glorious dish will turn your go-to weeknight dinner 360 degrees!

Ingredient

10.5oz / 300g Penne Pasta
1 1/4 cups / 300ml Heavy/Double Cream, at room temp
2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
5oz / 150g Streaky Bacon, chopped
1/2 cup / 40g freshly grated Parmesan (plus extra to serve)
3/4 cup / 75g Sun-Dried Tomatoes, sliced
1 tsp Garlic, minced
1 handful of Fresh Basil, chopped (save some to sprinkle on top)
Salt & Black Pepper, to taste

How to make Penne Alfredo with Bacon and Sun-Dried Tomato

Step 1: Over medium heat, fry the bacon until it starts to crisp. Drain excess grease, leaving enough in the pan. Saute the garlic and sun-dried tomatoes for about a minute or so before adding in the butter. Stir until the butter has melted.

Step 2: Cook the pasta in a pot of salted boiling water until al dente. Set aside a cup of pasta water and drain the rest.

Step 3: Add the cream in the pan with bacon and simmer on low or medium heat. Once the sauce begins to thicken, add the parmesan, basil, and seasoning.

Step 4: Add the cooked pasta once the sauce is completely thickened. Toss to coat. Allow simmering for several minutes so the pasta soaks up the sauce. Stirring constantly.

Step 5: If the sauce becomes too thick and gloopy, use the reserved pasts water to thin it out. Or continue to simmer if the sauce is too thin.

Step 6: Remove from the heat and sprinkle more parmesan and basil before serving.

Notes:

1. Be careful with the salt seasoning as the bacon, sun-dried tomato, and Parmesan is all somewhat salty. Taste to make sure that the sauce does not end up too salty. And for cooking the pasta, you still have to season it with salt.

2. Although this is entirely optional I recommend to scoop out a cup of well-seasoned pasta water before draining. This helps to thin out the sauce as this dish thickens very quickly and can become gloopy in a short span.

3. For leftovers, I will leave that to your judgment. However, a lot said that they tried reheating and this dish remains great.

Nutrition Facts:

Amount Per Serving: Calories 615Calories | Fat 49.35g76% | Saturated Fat 21.441g107% | Trans Fat 0.233g | Polyunsaturated Fat 1.786g | Monounsaturated Fat 10.021g | Cholesterol 150mg50% | Sodium 398mg17% | Potassium 680mg19% | Carbohydrates 30.09g10% | Fiber 3g12% | Sugar 6.35g7% | Protein 15.66g31% | Vitamin A 3700IU74% | Vitamin C 6.6mg8% | Calcium 160mg16% | Iron 2.7mg15%

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