Skillet-Toasted Penne with Bacon and Spinach

  • Twonspls Posted: 01/27/14
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    While I am sure this recipe is delicious, do not use gluten free pasta. It turns to mush. I was very disappointed as I was excited by this new method.

  • angelack Posted: 02/02/14
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    I made this exactly per the recipe. I learned something new, that pasta can be cooked like risotto! that was cool. It was very good (four stars) but since i had to stand and stir it so much the tastiness:work ratio downgrades it slightly to three stars in my opinion. too much work for a weeknight, not tasty enough for a special occasion.

  • Raymil6 Posted: 01/25/14
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    This recipe takes some time but is worth the effort my kids and husband loved the end result.

  • LDombeck Posted: 03/04/14
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    I used turkey bacon and whole wheat penne in this. It was really, really good. But it took me 2x as long as the recipe states. I thought the whole wheat made it take longer, but I made the 2nd version with regular and it took the same amount of time. So, it was not great for a weeknight meal. My family loved it.

  • Snotnose Posted: 01/11/14
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    It's not working. Toasted the pasta, cooked the onions/sausage, now adding the hot broth to it. It's not making a creamy sauce. It's just cooking off the chicken juice, making the pasta stick together due to not enough cooking liquid. It's very annoying to get up every few minutes to add liquid.

  • NatalieNG Posted: 06/23/14
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    The amount of garlic and lemon is overpowering. Really use half the amount of lemon and a quarter of the garlic.

  • simpson21 Posted: 01/09/14
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    Meh. Pretty bland for having to stand over the dish for an hour, adding broth a little at a time.

  • ArmeSmash Posted: 02/03/14
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    I LOVE this recipe. Time consuming, but well worth it. I'm making it again tonight, but I'm going to try it with blue cheese in place of the Parmesan.

  • shleyyydee Posted: 01/13/14
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    I've made this dish twice and it's been absolutely amazing! It's not as creamy as a typical cream sauce, but it is absolutely delicious. It may take a bit of prep work and has a long cook time, but I feel it's well worth it.

  • Kelly426 Posted: 01/16/14
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    This dish was incredible! I was skeptical at first during cooking if the sauce would come together, but it turned out to be "creamy" and delicious with many levels of flavor. You don't need to stir constnatly, but it does require frequent attention which may have been Snotnose's (interesting name for a recipe website profile) problem. I cooked the bacon about 90% through in the oven, then chopped it before adding to the shallots and garlic. This is a great recipe if you are looking to enhance your cooking skills and impress guests.

  • daneanp Posted: 08/20/14
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    Well, this is very tasty but definitely NOT a good choice for a work night meal. Like others have noted, it took much longer than the 35 minutes the recipe stated - I'd say closer to an hour. I actually increased the temp for the pasta to med-high and let the broth simmer in the pasta for 8 minutes between additions and I didn't really stir all that much. I'd definitely make this again, just on a weekend when I have more time. It would make a great side dish too.

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