Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Bacon Mushroom Alfredo


We're pasta people around here. Whether it's classic-style or a new twist, put some pasta on our plates and we'll be happy campers. When we were shopping for groceries last week, I said, "Hey, we could get some mushrooms and heavy cream for --" and Tyler's eyes lit up as he said, "bacon mushroom pasta?!" (That's when I know I have a winner. He usually saves that look for new video games.) This simple little dish has become a huge favorite in our house, so when I whipped up a batch Sunday evening, I decided to snap some photos and share the recipe. There's nothing healthy about it (I mean, BACON is in the name!), but there is plenty delicious about it. Enjoy!

-8 strips of bacon
-8oz fresh baby bella or white mushrooms
-1 qt heavy cream
-1 Tbsp garlic powder
-1 stick butter
-2 cups Parmesan cheese (preferably freshly-grated).
-pasta of your choice--we use angel hair.
-3/4 cup frozen peas (optional)

IMG_4930editIf you are using whole mushrooms, wipe them with a damp paper towel, then chop off the tough ends of the stems. Slice or chop them according to your preference; I usually slice them, then cut the slice in two. (If you purchased pre-sliced mushrooms, you can--obviously--skip this step.) Set aside. In a large pot, boil water and cook pasta until al dente, then drain.

While your water is boiling, cut bacon into one-inch pieces and fry until crispy. Remove from skillet and place onto a paper-towel-covered plate. Saute mushroom pieces in the bacon grease (you can add a bit of butter if there isn't enough grease left--like I said, nothing healthy about this dish!), then place them on the plate with the bacon. If you're adding peas, cook them now according to the directions on the package (I love peas, but Tyler hates them, so if you're a divided household, you can add them to individual bowls at the end).


In a saucepan, make a basic alfredo sauce by melting the stick of butter, then stirring in the heavy cream and garlic powder. Stir continuously, and when hot, slowly add Parmesan cheese. When cheese is melted, add mushrooms and bacon (you can set aside some bacon for a garnish if you're feelin' fancy). Remove from heat and let sit for approximately five minutes.

Mix together your sauce, pasta, and peas, then enjoy!


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