In the realm of pasta dishes, there is something extraordinary to be had with the combination of pasta, bacon and cheese. Here is a quick recipe that works with on-hand ingredients and comes together in less than 30 minutes. 

  • 5 ounces pasta shells (any pasta will do)
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 small cloves garlic, crushed
  • flour (equal weight grease; approx. 2 Tbsp)
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook pasta according to directions, erring on the side of al dente; drain and set aside.
  3. While pasta water is boiling, fry your bacon and set aside.
  4. Weigh out your bacon grease and leave it in a separate container.
  5. Sauté onion and garlic in the bacon pan and then remove and set aside. 
  6. Return bacon grease to the pan and get flour portioned of equal weight ratio to grease.
  7. Cook flour in grease to form a roux and then add the milk SLOWLY, whisking to prevent clumping. 
  8. Add in the onion and the garlic to the gravy mixture.
  9. Add in 1 1/4 cup of the cheese to the pan and continue heating until melted into a nice cheese sauce.
  10. Chop the bacon and add it to the sauce.
  11. Pour the sauce into a glass baking dish and fold in the pasta, topping it with the remaining cheese.
  12. Bake, uncovered for 10-15 minutes or until cheese on top has melted.