This easy, heart-warming pasta recipe has minimal ingredients and maximum flavor. Enjoy it for dinner tonight.
1/2 (16-oz.) package bow tie pasta
1/2 pound bacon
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
How to Make It
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Keep warm.
Cook bacon according to package directions; drain well, and crumble.
Beat cream cheese, butter, and Italian seasoning in a medium-size microwave-safe bowl at low speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually add milk, beating until mixture is smooth.
Microwave cream cheese mixture at HIGH 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated, whisking every 30 seconds. Pour cream cheese mixture over warm pasta, tossing to coat. Top with crumbled bacon and 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese.
Lightened Bacon Bow Tie Pasta: Substitute reduced-fat or turkey bacon, 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, and 2% reduced-fat milk. Proceed as directed.
My husband and I both love this dish. I made the sauce in a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water, as my microwave has a tendency to cook unevenly. I used neufchatel and skim milk.
We modified it slightly, adding a couple of dashes of cayenne and a little crushed red pepper - we like things spicy! We have eaten it twice recently. We also made it with half the bacon and two chopped, steamed broccoli crowns, and it was delicious! We ate it with seared tuna steaks.
This is definitely a new favorite at our house.
Overall, my family liked this dish.I doubled the recipe for 1 pound of pasta and I also had too much sauce, and found it to be a bit thick.and the Italian seasoning a bit much. Will try a different seasoning and will thin the sauce, maybe add the parm cheese to the sauce.
I liked this recipe. I added the parm cheese to the sauce as someone mentioned and also warmed the sauce on the stove rather than stirring every 30 seconds in the microwave. It didn't quite make enough for a family of five so will double it next time. Also, it needs something but not sure what....maybe a dash of ground red pepper? I will make again. This is a good basic recipe you can experiment with.
I found there to be way too much sauce for the amount of pasta, it was edging on being soupy.. I like such a heavy sauce to lightly coat the pasta, that could be a personal preferrence though. So if you prefer a lighter coating of sauce, you could probably cut back by 1/3. Also the flavor of cream cheese and italian seasoning (I used McCormick) was a little overwhelming, my husband agreed. I will try this again, next time with less cream cheese, less seasoning and more butter.