This hearty one-dish meal combines smoky bacon with tangy cheddar for a family-friendly midweek meal that comes together in a flash.
2 bacon slices
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 cup 1% low-fat milk
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
5 cups hot cooked rotini (about 8 ounces uncooked pasta)
3/4 cup frozen green peas, thawed
How to Make It
Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; crumble. Increase heat to medium-high. Add butter and oil to drippings in pan; swirl to coat. Add onion; sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; sauté for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add flour, and sauté 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in mustard. Gradually add 1 cup milk, stirring constantly with a whisk, and bring to a boil. Cook for 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Add cheese, salt, and pepper, stirring with a whisk until smooth.
Place pan over low heat. Stir in bacon, pasta, and peas; cook for 1 minute or until thoroughly heated, tossing to coat.
I thought this tasted weird and bland. Not at all what I was expecting, although I realize now that I definitely should have read the reviews first! In my opinion, this dish needs major modifications to even be edible.
After reading the reviews, I was a little hesitant to make this but I tried it anyway. My husband and two kids loved it. They even ate the peas. I followed the recipe fairly closely except for adding extra garlic, four pieces of bacon instead of two and a little more salt and pepper. I can see how some reviewers might think of the flavor as "bland" but the extra ingredients seemed to take care of that, as everybody wanted seconds and said they loved the flavor. I will be making this again.
Though some reviewers thought this dish was bland, I thought just the opposite! I think it had TONS of great flavor! It was easy and actually had more complex flavor than I thought it would. Super yummy!!!
I really tried with this one. I added extra bacon, extra cheese and extra garlic, and none of that was enough, so I then tried a can of tomatoes and some Italian seasoning, but no matter what, there was still something off about it. It wasn't just the flavor (or lack thereof) but the texture. It almost seemed processed, like it came from a box with a powdered sauce mix. I really don't know how that's possible, but there you have it. I will definitely not make this again, as the amount of tweaking required to make it palatable would just make an entirely different recipe.
From the picture I was expecting so much more:( All the different flavors together was a little too confusing for my taste. I didn't expect nor think it was anything like Mac n' Cheese. I was expecting to be able to hide the taste of the peas from my kids-it didn't work.
If you thought this was going to be mac & cheese, you probably didn't like it. It's a good, quick, easy pasta dish. I used diced ham, left out the tbsp of butter, and used skim milk. I cut the recipe in half, but it still made 4 servings...2 dinner portions & 2 smaller next day lunch portions. I even weighed the pasta, so know that I didn't use extra.
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