5 from 7 votes
Quick White Cheddar And Bacon Pasta
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

This quick White Cheddar and Bacon pasta is comfort food at it's best ! Loaded with a creamy cheese sauce and Bacon makes this a winner every time

Course: Main Course
Servings: 6 Servings
Author: Linda Nortje
Ingredients
  • 500 g Fusilli Pasta ( 16 oz )
  • 250 g Bacon Bits ( 8 oz )
  • 1/3 cup Butter
  • 1/3 cup Flour
  • 3 cups Milk
  • 3 cups White Cheddar grated
  • Parsley chopped, to garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 deg C (400 deg F) - spray a large 20 x 30 cm ( 9 x 12 inch) casserole dish with cooking oil

  2. Boil the Pasta in salted water until al dente

  3. Meanwhile fry the Bacon in a pan (if Bits are used, no oil is needed – if you use another type, just fry as you normally will, then chop into bite-sized pieces) Remove from pan and keep warm
  4. By now the Pasta should almost be done – Use a 4 cup microwave container (I use a glass measuring jug) – melt the Butter/margarine in the microwave. Add the flour and stir well until a smooth paste forms

  5. Add the Milk little by little, stir and scrape the bottom and sides to make sure all the butter, flour and milk are combined. Microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes, stir, make sure there are no lumps, repeat this same method twice more. Then, microwave, 1 minute at a time, stirring after every minute until you are satisfied with the thickness of the sauce. (6 – 8 minutes)
  6. Stir in two cups of White Cheddar, in 3 - 4 batches - stirring after each addition, to the white sauce

  7. Drain the Pasta and place in a large mixing bowl, add the Bacon and the Cheese sauce - mix until combined

  8. Transfer the Pasta to the prepared casserole dish - sprinkle over the remaining one cup White Cheddar Cheese - bake 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and all melted 

  9. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with Parsley (if using)

Recipe Notes

For a quicker version - omit the baking and serve the retained cup of White Cheddar over the pasta once transferred to a serving plate