Penne Alfredo with Bacon and Sun Dried Tomato
A delicious twist on the classic Alfredo. Penne Alfredo with Bacon and Sun Dried Tomato will change your 'go to' quick dinner forever.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
- 10.5oz / 300g Penne Pasta
- 1 1/4 cups / 300ml Heavy/Double Cream
- 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
- 5oz / 150g Streaky Bacon, chopped
- 1/2 cup / 35g Parmesan, grated (plus extra to serve)
- 3/4 cup / 75g Sundried Tomato, sliced
- 1 tsp Garlic, minced
- Handful of Fresh Basil, chopped (save some to sprinkle on top)
- Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
Pop your pasta in a pot of boiling water and cook until al dente. Retain a cup of starchy pasta water.
Meanwhile, fry your bacon over medium heat until it begins to crisp. Drain excess fat/oil if there's too much, then add your garlic & sun dried tomatoes and fry for a minute or so longer. Add your Butter and stir until melted.
Stir in your cream and allow to simmer on a low/medium heat. When it just starts to thicken add in your parmesan, basil and seasoning to taste.
Once the sauce has fully thickened add your pasta and toss until coated. Simmer for a few minutes to soak up the sauce, stirring throughout and using your pasta water to thin out if it becomes too thick and gloopy.
Serve with and extra sprinkle of parmesan and basil!
a) Salt - 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) 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. With the same token however do not feel like you have to add any extra fluid, this is merely preference and in the instructions to collect a cup of water just in case.
c) Leftovers - I have actually had readers tell me that they have reheated this recipe and tastes glorious. However in my experience, with the recipe and most creamy pasta dishes, when it's reheated it ends up very oily. Same great flavours, just none of the original creamy texture. I'll leave leftovers (if there is any) to your best judgement!
d) Readers notes - Although I have never tried myself, it sounds that grilled chicken and spinach are great additions to this recipe!
Calories: 615kcal | Carbohydrates: 30.09g | Protein: 15.66g | Fat: 49.35g | Saturated Fat: 21.441g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.786g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10.021g | Trans Fat: 0.233g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 398mg | Potassium: 680mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6.35g | Vitamin A: 3700IU | Vitamin C: 6.6mg | Calcium: 160mg | Iron: 2.7mg