I like the combination of flavors in this dish. To be honest, cheese on top of anything is fine in my book. I'll definitely be using this sauce as a base to experiment with different cheese and mix in combinations. Any suggestions?
Broccoli and Bacon Mac and Cheese
Prep time: 5 minCook time: 15 min
- 1 c penne pasta
- 2 slices of bacon, diced
- ½ c broccoli, diced
- ¼ c plain yogurt or light sour cream
- ½ c shredded cheddar cheese
- Dash of salt and pepper
In a medium pot, boil the water for the pasta and cook according to directions on the back of the box. Reserve about ½ c of pasta water before draining.
While the pasta is cooking, fry the bacon in a skillet over medium heat and remove once the pieces are crispy. Allow to drain on a plate lined with a paper towel.
In a small pot, boil the water for the broccoli and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes, or until tender. Drain and set aside.
Drain the pasta and pour the pasta into a large bowl. Add ¼ c of pasta water, the sour cream or yogurt, and about half of the shredded cheese. Stir continuously until the cheese has melted. Add the rest of the cheese a handful at a time and stir continuously to prevent clumping. If the cheese sauce is too thick, add more of the reserved pasta water.
Stir in the broccoli and bacon and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
Note: This recipe is best eaten the day it’s served.
Adapted from: Confections of a Foodie Bride