Cheesy Penne, Bacon and Broccoli

A pungent blue cheese sauce made velvety smooth with cream cheese and crumbled bacon team up for a boldly flavored pasta main dish recipe.

Cheesy Penne, Bacon and Broccoli
Servings: 6 Prep 10 mins Cook 30 mins


  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 1 pound broccoli (1 small bunch), cut into flowerets
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 ounces less-fat (1/3 less fat) cream cheese
  • 4 ounces blue cheese OR: Gorgonzola cheese
  • Pinch ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Make It

1. Bring large pot lightly salted water to boiling.

2. While water is coming to boil, saute bacon in large skillet until crispy, about 7 minutes. Remove to paper toweling to drain.

3. Drain all but 3 tablespoons drippings from skillet. Add onion; increase heat to medium-high; cook until softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Sprinkle with flour; whisk, scraping up any browned bits. Whisk in milk, 1/2 cup at a time, until smooth. Cook, stirring, until thickened, 2 minutes.

4. While onion is cooking, add penne to boiling water; cook according to package directions. Add broccoli for last 4 minutes. Drain penne and broccoli; transfer to serving bowl; keep warm.

5. To thickened milk in skillet, add salt, pepper, cream cheese and blue cheese; whisk until smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in cayenne and 2 tablespoons Parmesan. Crumble bacon; add to sauce. Toss with penne and broccoli. Top with remaining Parmesan.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 6; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 556, Fat, total (g): 24, chol. (mg): 55, sat. fat (g): 13, carb. (g): 63, fiber (g): 4, pro. (g): 22, sodium (mg): 657, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.