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Cheesy Penne, Bacon and Broccoli

Cheesy Penne, Bacon and Broccoli recipe
Recipe and Photo by: Family Circle
Crumbled bacon bits and a blue cheese sauce mellowed with cream cheese give this penne pasta and broccoli dish its bold flavor.
time
prep:
10 min
total:
40 min
servings
total:
6 servings

What You Need

4
slices  bacon
1
small  onion, finely chopped
3
tablespoons  all-purpose flour
2
cups  milk
1
 pound penne pasta
1
 pound broccoli (1 small bunch), cut into flowerets
1/4
 teaspoon salt
1/8
 teaspoon black pepper
4
 ounces less-fat (1/3 less fat) cream cheese
4
 ounces blue cheese OR: Gorgonzola cheese
 Pinch ground red pepper (cayenne)
3
tablespoons  grated Parmesan cheese

Make It

1. Bring large pot lightly salted water to boiling.

2. While water is coming to boil, saute bacon in large skillet until crispy, about 7 minutes. Remove to paper toweling to drain.

3. Drain all but 3 tablespoons drippings from skillet. Add onion; increase heat to medium-high; cook until softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Sprinkle with flour; whisk, scraping up any browned bits. Whisk in milk, 1/2 cup at a time, until smooth. Cook, stirring, until thickened, 2 minutes.

4. While onion is cooking, add penne to boiling water; cook according to package directions. Add broccoli for last 4 minutes. Drain penne and broccoli; transfer to serving bowl; keep warm.

5. To thickened milk in skillet, add salt, pepper, cream cheese and blue cheese; whisk until smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in cayenne and 2 tablespoons Parmesan. Crumble bacon; add to sauce. Toss with penne and broccoli. Top with remaining Parmesan.

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