Bacon and Mushroom Penne

    25 mins

    When I was in university, I created this delicious pasta dish using my favourite cheap ingredients, bacon, button mushrooms and garlic.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 500g penne pasta
    • 15ml (1 tablespoon) extra virgin olive oil
    • 185g smoked bacon, chopped
    • 8 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 200g fresh button mushrooms, sliced
    • 750ml (3 cups) chicken stock
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 60g (1/2 cup) freshly grated Parmesan cheese

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Cook penne pasta according to packet instructions. Drain and set aside.
    2. Meanwhile,in a large frying pan heat the oil over medium heat, cook bacon until browned.
    3. Stir in the garlic and cook for a few minutes, then add the mushrooms.
    4. Cook,stirring constantly, for a couple of minutes until the mushrooms begin to soften.
    5. Pour in the chicken stock, and bring to the boil. Allow to simmer over medium heat for about 3 minutes.
    6. Add cooked penne to the pan, and stir until coated. Simmer uncovered until the sauce has reduced to just a few teaspoons in the bottom. Place generous servings onto plates and top with Parmesan cheese.

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    Good base recipe. But after reading the reivews about reduction and soggy bacon, I took the ingredients and did my own thing. Here's what I did: Crisped the bacon in a pan and removed. Dumped all but a Tbs of grease and fried mushrooms in pan for a minute. Added 1/4 cup of chicken stock and scraped up the bacon bits. Added broccoli* and garlic* and covered to steam veggies. Added very al dente pasta to pan and 1/2 cup more chicken stock. Reduced by half and finished w/ a dash of cream and some parmesan. Then I sprinkled the bacon on top and served with more parmesan. Soooo good.  -  29 Jun 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    My son and I LOVED this recipe! The only reason I am not giving it 5 stars is that my husband found it lacking in flavor (his taste buds must be on vacation). I did add onion as previously suggested. Next time I do think I will add some diced chicken and replace some of the broth with white wine to add some more flavor. Thanks for the post.  -  10 Mar 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was fanatastic. I was looking for a different pasta recipe to have for dinner and stumbled on this. I saw that Kez, a good friend made it and enjoyed it and decided I had to try it. I cooked the bacon first then took it out and added onion in with the 'shrooms and I used some roasted garlic I had on hand. After they began to get tender I added a bit of flour before I put the chicken broth in. I added the bacon back into it with the pasta and mixed in some Parmesan cheese. My hubby said next time add some asparagus I think that will be great! Thanks Onyx78 for sharing!  -  28 May 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)