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

Source: Family Circle
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Bring large pot lightly salted water to boiling.

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

556 calories; 24 g total fat; 13 g saturated fat; 55 mg cholesterol; 657 mg sodium. 63 g carbohydrates; 4 g fiber; 22 g protein;

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