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Bacon Shells & Cheese

Bacon Shells and Cheese is loaded with bacon, vegetables, and shell pasta. Italian & Parmesan cheese adds a creamy finish to this pasta dish.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 8 ounces small shell pasta cooked to package directions
  • 1 Tbs butter
  • 12 ounces bacon cooked to package directions, reserve 1 tsp oil after cooked
  • 1/2 cup shredded italian cheese blend more for garnish if desired
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 small zucchini diced
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 small roma tomato diced
  • 2 Tbs flour
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  • Start your pasta to boil and your diced bacon to cook according to package directions, they take approximately the same amount of time.
  • Dice vegetables.
  • Once your pasta has cooked drain and set aside. When bacon is cooked remove from the pan and reserve 1 tsp. of the bacon grease in the pan.
  • In the same pan, melt 1 Tbs. butter in the bottom, then add onions and zucchini. Soften for around 3 minutes. Over the top of the vegetables sprinkle the flour and stir.
  • Add tomatoes. Sautee quickly. Pour in milk.
  • Bring to a simmer and Parmesan cheese, shredded Italian cheese blend, garlic powder and pepper. Let thicken, which should take about 2-3 minutes.
  • Put your pasta and bacon back into the pan.
  • Garnish with more cheese & basil.