Bacon and Broccoli Alfredo

Isn’t there something comforting about a yummy plate of creamy, noodle-y deliciousness? Especially when bacon is involved. Yes, I think so too. The other day I was wondering what I could make for dinner. I knew time was short, we were going to have a busy night and spending a lot of time in the kitchen just wasn’t going to work. However, I wanted something other than toast. SO..I went on a search to find something quick, tasty, and pleasing to all members in my family.  Enter: Bacon and Broccoli Alfredo.  And, you guessed it, I found it here on one of my ‘go-to’ sites.  (If you haven’t checked out her blog..DO. The pictures will have you drooling in no time.  Her recipe is below..)

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli (about 2 heads)
  • 5 slices bacon, diced
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese (not the powdery kind!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • grilled chicken (optional)

The How-To:

*Bring a large stock pot of water to a rolling boil. Boil pasta according to package directions.

*While the pasta is boiling, fry the diced bacon until crisp. Add in the broccoli florets and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until they are tender-crisp.

*Meanwhile, in a small sauce pan, add the butter and heavy cream until heated through and butter is melted. Add in the Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir until the cheese is thoroughly melted and sauce is a smooth, creamy consistency.

*Drain pasta when done and add to a large serving bowl. Pour in the bacon and broccoli and toss it in with the penne. Pour the Alfredo sauce over top of the penne and stir until well combined.

*Serve topped with sliced grilled chicken, if desired.

I’m thinking that if you’re not a fan of broccoli..green peas, maybe even corn, would work perfectly. Or..if you’re really wild and crazy, throw in some asparagus! 😀  The bacon gives it a nice smokey taste, the noodles are soft and perfect, while the alfredo sauce adds the creamy spunk.  All combined, this meal is Amazing! (Yes, a giant  “A” was in order..) If you prefer this as a side dish..I think that would be ok, too. 🙂  (Is there ever a time when I’ll turn down a side dish that involves bacon? I think not. )

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