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Cheesy Penne, Bacon and Broccoli

Cheesy Penne, Bacon and Broccoli

Nutrition Facts
  • cal. (kcal) 556
Cheesy Penne, Bacon and Broccoli
  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
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  • 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


  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.

Nutrition Information for Cheesy Penne, Bacon and Broccoli

Servings Per Recipe: 6
PER SERVING: 556 cal., 24 g total fat (13 g sat. fat), 55 mg chol., 657 mg sodium, 63 g carb. (4 g fiber), 22 g pro.

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