I just have to preface this post by saying that this is NOT diet food. While TV commercials, blogs, magazines, gyms, and weight loss programs are all pushing for everyone to get on a health kick right now that they likely won’t sustain past the end of the month, I’m going to keep on sticking to my motto: everything in moderation. I’m not going to post “healthy” recipes all month long, nor am I going to put a ban on baked goods – I’m going to continue to enjoy the food I love, all in moderation. Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way…this is a dish I threw together last month when I was looking for pure comfort food. At its core, it’s really just fancy macaroni and cheese, but it hit the spot and was so delicious that I just had to share it. I hope you enjoy it!
- 1 pound bow tie pasta
- 5 slices bacon
- 1/2 sweet onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup gouda cheese
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 Tbsp butter
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the bacon until slightly crispy. Remove to a paper towel to absorb some of the drippings. Once cool, chop into pieces. Sauté the onion in the remaining bacon drippings until tender, and then remove to a paper towel.
Grate the cheese.
Drain the sauce pan of the bacon drippings, and then add the bacon, onion, cream, and butter to the pan. Let simmer on low heat for a few minutes, until the cream sauce begins to reduce and thicken. Stir in the cheese. Add the pasta to the skillet, and stir until all of the ingredients are incorporated and the pasta is coated with the sauce. Season with the salt and pepper. Serve warm.