Thursday, October 25, 2007

pasta shock

So everyone in our family has a horrible cold and we were in need of some comfort food. I modified a recipe from Food & Wine Magazine's Quick From Scratch Pasta Cookbook and made this:

Homemade Penne & Cheese

3 cups dry whole wheat penne pasta
3-4 tablespoons butter (or butter-type spread)
1/8 cup half and half or milk
8 oz sharp cheddar cheese (I used white cheddar)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons bacon pieces
2 tablespoons bread crumbs (opt.)

Boil pasta according to directions on the package. While the pasta cooks, grate the cheese. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot. Over very low heat, combine the pasta and remaining ingredients (except the bacon and breadcrumbs) until the cheese is melted and everything is creamy. Transfer to a 2 qt baking pan. Sprinkle with bacon and breadcrumbs. Bake @ 350 for 25 minutes. (Baking can be skipped; just sprinkle with bacon and breadcrumbs and eat it!)

I made some steamed broccoli on the side and it tasted so nice. Super Q and I enjoyed it on the front lawn as a picnic while Flash did lots of tricks on his razor scooter in the driveway. Hooray for fall weather!


Lindsay said...

you guys are so cute I want to simmer you on low heat and sprinkle you with breadcumbs

Kristi said...

That sounds yummy!

Patty O. said...

That recipe looks delicious!!! I will need to try it, especially as Bil is a major fan of bacon. In fact, he regularly comments that bacon should be its own food group...

And amen to the shout-out to fall weather. It has been really rainy here and chilly, and I love it. It makes me just want to wear sweats and read on the couch with hot chocolate.

Lindsay said...

hey I thought you had lost the enchantment with the shins!

Lindsay said...

Are you feeling better? I know you have crazy family busyness going on this week, but I have one question: Do you have some awesome Thanksgiving recipes you are going to share with us your reading public?

btw tell mom and dad i said hi