Bacon Pesto Pasta Bake

Submitted by on Thursday, February 18, 2010 9:20
Posted in category Pasta

This is a quick and easy recipe to make


  • 14.5 oz. box penne pasta
  • 10 oz basil pesto
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 6 oz. apple wood smoked bacon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a large casserole dish with non-stick spray. Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook pasta according to the directions on the box (boil for about 10 minutes).
  • While the pasta cooks, chop the bacon into small bits and cook in a skillet over medium/high heat until crispy. Spoon cooked bacon onto paper towel to absorb the extra fat. While the pasta and bacon cook, rinse the tomatoes and cut each in half.
  • When the pasta is finished cooking, drain it in a colander. Once it is well drained, return it to the pot (removed from heat). Mix in the pesto, bacon, tomatoes and 1 cup of the shredded cheese. Pour the mixture into the casserole dish and spread out. Top with the remaining one cup of cheese.
  • Put the casserole in the oven and bake until the cheese is melted, bubbly and golden brown on top (approximately 20 minutes). EAT!

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