This easy pasta dish is full of summer vegetables, crispy bacon, pasta, and a creamy cheese sauce. Bacon Shells & Cheese is the perfect dinner when you’re looking for comfort food but short on time.
Ah…finally Friday! After last weeks long weekend and the kids finally going back to school, I am ready for this Mitten Movie Night. If your like me then put your feet up and dig into this delicious and creamy Bacon Shells & Cheese.
What beer pairs well with Bacon Shells & Cheese?
The beer: Lagunitas Lucky 13.
This is one of my husband’s favorites.
Pasta is Perfect for Entertaining
When I pulled out the bowl that I usually place my pasta in I realized that it has held up very well. It was a gift from my cousin for my wedding. That means this month it is 13 years old! It’s so beautiful and gives any pasta I put into it a beautiful presentation.
Do you have special dishes you pull out when people are coming over?
When I say that this pasta comes together quickly, I’m not exaggerating.
How to make Bacon Shells & Cheese:
Start your pasta to boil and your diced bacon to cook according to package directions, they take approximately the same amount of time.
While they are both cooking chop your vegetables.
Once your pasta has cooked drain and set aside.
Once bacon has cooked remove from the pan and reserve 1 tsp. of the bacon grease. Not too much but enough to keep the flavor.
In the same pan melt 1 Tbs. butter in the bottom then add onions and zucchini. Soften for around 3 minutes. Add tomatoes. Sautee quickly. Over the top of the vegetables sprinkle the flour and stir. Pour in milk.
Bring to a simmer and add Parmesan cheese, Italian cheese, garlic powder, and pepper. Let thicken, which should take about 2-3 minutes.
Put your pasta and bacon back into the pan.
Transfer to beautiful serving bowl, garnish with more cheese & basil.
And here you are…..
From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!
Originally published in September of 2016. Updated post in March of 2019.
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