Skillet – Toasted Penne with Bacon and Cheddar

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Skillet toasted Penne

creamy pasta  hold the cream

Creamy skillet toasted Penne with bacon and cheddar cheese


Pasta is one of the easiest go-to meals for my family. It’s fast, versatile, and pretty much everyone in the house likes it.

In and effort to eat healthier, I love substituting whole wheat or brown rice pasta. My family does not appreciate this substitution at all.  My hubby is actually the one that makes the biggest fuss.   In this month’s Cooking Light I found a recipe for skillet toasted penne.  The pasta is cooked risotto style, producing a creamy dish without any cream at all.


Skillet toasted Penne with bacon and Cheddar


Creamy pasta with a little bacon and cheese is a great cover-up for whole wheat pasta. My fussy  one actually went back for seconds, and the hubby happily took the leftovers for lunch {something that does not usually happen when I make whole wheat pasta}

It does take a little more work than simply boiling a pot of water, but the extra time is worth it.

Skillet -Toasted Penne with Bacon and Cheddar


  • 6 cups of water {simmering}
  • 1 pound of whole wheat penne
  • 4 slices of thick cut bacon {chopped}
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese {shredded}
  • salt to taste


  • bring the 6 cups of water to a boil, reduce the heat and let simmer
  • heat a large skillet over medium heat
  • add the bacon and cook until browned
  • add the garlic and cook just until the garlic become fragrant {about 1 - 2 minutes}
  • remove the garlic and bacon from the skillet and set aside
  • add the penne to the skillet and toss to coat in the bacon drippings
  • cook 5 minutes {stirring often}
  • add the simmering water the the skillet 1 cup at a time, stirring constantly until the liquid has been nearly absorbed before adding more
  • {This will take about 30 minutes total}
  • Remove from the heat
  • Stir in the bacon, garlic, and cheese, stirring until the cheese is melted


adapted from Cooking Light

recipe source French Press


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