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bacon, leek, and cheese pasta

A fast and tasty pasta dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author FeelingFoodish

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces of pasta (I used penne)
  • 4 slices bacon , cut into 1/2 pieces
  • 1 bunch leeks , white and light green parts only, sliced thinly
  • 3/4 heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese , plus more for topping
  • reserved pasta water (will need this or the dish will be too dry)
  • Fresh parsley for garnish (optional)
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Before draining pasta, reserve 1 cup of pasta water and set aside.
  • In the meantime, cook bacon over medium heat in a large skillet until crisp, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Remove from pan, and place on paper towels. Reserve 1 tablespoon of bacon drippings in pan and pour off the rest of the bacon fat.
  • Add leeks to reserved bacon fat in pan, season with salt and pepper (to taste) and saute until soft, about 3 minutes.
  • Add cream and continue cooking for about 2 minutes.
  • Add drained pasta to pan with cream and leeks, and add half the bacon, the Parmesan, and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper.
  • Add a small amount of pasta water (enough to loosen the mixture).
  • Top with the other half of bacon, extra Parmesan, and parsley.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

Try Greek yogurt, or low/no fat sour cream in place of heavy cream for less fat