‘A delicious twist on the classic Alfredo. Penne Alfredo with Bacon and Sundried Tomato will change your ‘go to’ quick dinner forever’ – Hungry now? Jump to Recipe
Sometimes your belly just calls for the simple things in life. The simply gorgeously, creamy and flavoursome things that is. Pasta alfredo is one of those dishes that you won’t see being made the same way twice; an ambassador of variation if you will. For me? I like a classic penne with some very ‘non classic’ additions.
Here I’ve thrown in some bacon, sundried tomatoes and a good helping of basil. This combination, in addition to the traditionally smooth and creamy alfredo sauce, will absolutely blow your tastebuds (in the best way possible).
People are always so surprised when I show them the recipe for this because it really does taste like so much more effort has gone into it than actually has. Okay, that makes me sound lazy. But it’s kinda true. This recipe is SO simple and requires such little ingredients; which is quite hard to believe after how beautiful it tastes. So smooth and silky, yet tangy and bursting with flavour.
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The other fantastic thing about this recipe is the definition of a quick dinner. You know, there really is nothing worse than getting back from work and having to slave away in the kitchen when you don’t have the energy.
On average it takes me around 20-25 mins to knock up this dish from start to finish, prep included. The perfect dinner to add to your meal rotations.
I’ll have to assume by now that if you’ve made it this far you’re not on a low-cal diet. Yep, this alfredo sauce is rather indulgent. But hey, treat yourself. You deserve it 🙂
Let me know how you all get on folks, can’t wait to hear! Until then, I’ll catch you on the next post. Ciao for now!
- 8.75 oz (250g) Penne Pasta
- 5 oz (150g) Streaky Bacon, chopped
- 1/2 cup (50g) Parmesan, grated
- 3/4 cup (75g) Sundried Tomato, sliced
- 1 1/4 cups (300ml) Double Cream
- 1 tsp Garlic minced
- 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
- Handful of Fresh Basil roughly chopped
- Salt & Cracked Black Pepper to taste
Pop your pasta in a pot of boiling water and cook until al dente.
Meanwhile, fry your Bacon over medium heat until it begins to crisp, then add your Tomatoes and fry a little longer until they soften. Drain excess fat if there's too much, add the Garlic and fry for a minute until fragrant, then add the Butter and stir until melted.
Pour in your Cream and Parmesan, then sprinkle in your Basil. Taste for seasoning and stir to a smooth consistency, leaving to simmer on a low heat.
Once the sauce has thickened (8-10 mins) add in your pasta and toss until coated. Simmer for a few minutes to soak up the sauce, stirring throughout. Season to preference and serve with an extra sprinkle of Parmesan and Basil
a) Whilst Black Pepper is encouraged, be careful with the Salt seasoning. Bacon, Sundried Tomato and Parmesan are all fairly salty ingredients. Taste test throughout to ensure the dish doesn't end up too salty.
b) Consider retaining a cup of pasta water. This dish thickens quite quickly and can become gloopy in a short space of time, adding a few splashes of water will help thin the sauce out again.
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Cheers guys, this has been ‘ Penne Alfredo with Bacon and Sundried Tomato’ Comment, share, do whatever you fancy but for crying out loud don’t go bacon my heart. See you next time 🙂