3 Cheese Spinach and Bacon Pasta Bake

3 Cheese Spinach and Bacon Pasta Bake

Ready in Skill Level 2

Description

​Creamy cheese sauce infused with the smoky flavor of bacon creates a comforting dish sure to be a hit with the whole family.

Ingredients

US Ingredient Metric
4 cups medium pasta shells, uncooked 400 g
4 cups fresh spinach leaves, coarsely chopped 140 g
5 - 6 pcs sliced bacon 142 g
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 24 g
2 cups milk 480 mL
2 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided 250 g
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 25 g
1/4 cup shredded Gruyère cheese 25 g

Directions

  1. ​Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Prepare pasta according to package directions adding the spinach in final minute before draining.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, add sliced bacon to pan and cook until crisp. Remove bacon, reserving the drippings in pan. Chop bacon and set aside.
  4. Over medium-low heat, add flour to bacon drippings, stirring until mixture bubbles. Gradually add milk and bring to a gentle boil, stirring constantly.
  5. Add 1-1/2 cups (150 g) of the Cheddar cheese along with the Parmesan and Gruyère cheese; stir constantly until melted.
  6. Add drained pasta, spinach and bacon to sauce; mix well.
  7. Place mixture into a 2 qt. (2 L) casserole dish and top with remaining 1 cup (100 g) of Cheddar cheese. Bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes or until heated through and cheese is fully melted.

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