Penne with Bacon and Zucchini

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Penne with Bacon and Zucchini
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40mins
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Recipe by Administrator
Published on November 23, 2023

This Penne with Bacon and Zucchini recipe is a mouthwatering combination of crispy bacon, tender penne pasta, and flavorful sautéed zucchini. It's a quick and easy dish that's perfect for a weekday dinner or a special occasion. The smoky flavor of the bacon pairs beautifully with the light and fresh zucchini, creating a satisfying and savory dish that will impress your family and friends.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces penne pasta
  • 8 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 medium zucchinis, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Cook the penne pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, cook the chopped bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove the bacon from the skillet and drain on paper towels.
  3. In the same skillet, add the olive oil and sliced zucchini. Sauté the zucchini for about 5 minutes, or until tender and lightly browned.
  4. Add the minced garlic to the skillet and cook for an additional minute.
  5. Return the cooked penne pasta to the skillet with the zucchini and garlic. Toss everything together until well combined.
  6. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  7. Sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese over the pasta and toss again to evenly distribute the cheese.
  8. Serve the penne pasta with bacon and zucchini hot, garnished with additional grated Parmesan cheese if desired.

Interesting Facts

  • This recipe can be easily customized by adding your favorite vegetables such as cherry tomatoes or spinach.
  • The combination of crispy bacon and sautéed zucchini creates a perfect balance of flavors and textures.
  • Penne is a classic pasta shape that holds sauce well, making it ideal for dishes like this.