I came up with the idea for this pasta while taking part in Appetizer Week. I had made Mini Cheeseburger Bites and had all these little pieces of provolone cheese left, and also had some leftover cooked crumbled bacon sitting on a plate from making another appetizer. I had made spaghetti for dinner, and decided to try mixing in some of the cheese and bacon into mine. I thought it was really good! Even though it was really good with spaghetti, I thought it would be great with penne pasta, and since it uses jarred pasta sauce, it's really easy to make. It's not a healthy dinner, by any means, but I'm one that an "all things in moderation" kind of person, so I would just make up for it with something healthier the next day :).
This cheesy, bacon filled pasta only requires cooking and crumbling the bacon before combining in a dish to bake, so easy to prepare! It's cheesy goodness will become a favorite weeknight dinner in your house, just like I'm sure it's going to be a regular around here from now on. Want to see all that cheesy, bacon-y (what, it's a word) up close?
I know, I've been back on a bacon kick again recently. I just can't help myself! Do you love it as much as I do?
Bacon Provolone Penne Pasta Bake
- 12 ounces UNCOOKED penne pasta
- 3 cups marinara sauce I used Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional Sauce
- 1 cup water
- 1 pound bacon
- 14 slices provolone cheese
- cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Cook bacon in a large pan over medium-high heat until crispy enough to crumble. Drain on paper towels, blotting off excess grease. When cool enough to handle, crumble into ½ inch or smaller pieces.
- Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray.Mix the sauce with a cup of water, and pour one cup on the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Pour half of the uncooked pasta over the sauce in an even layer. Layer 6 slices of provolone on top of the pasta and sprinkle with half of the crumbled bacon. Top with remaining pasta, sauce, and bacon, put the remaining cheese on the side.
- Bake in the preheat oven for about 40 minutes, or until the pasta is soft. Stir well, top with remaining cheese, and return to the oven for about 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Serve with a salad and garlic bread, if desired.