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Yeah, so you would think that after a week of red-filled, over indulgent treats last week, that I’d have a really healthy, veggie filled, light recipe for you today.  But I’m not going there.  At least not today!

Because it is Valentine’s week, after all.

My husband loves Fettuccine Alfredo.  It’s probably his favorite meal.  I know that if I want to put him in a good mood, that is what goes on the menu.  But really, we don’t have it really often.  It’s not very good for you, after all.  But for special occasions?  Of course!!

And since we rarely go out for Valentine’s Day, (neither of us are big fans of going out to a crowded restaurant for the holiday), I often make him a big plate of Fettuccine Alfredo.  Because even though it’s his favorite, it’s one of my favorites, too!  And with this version, I added one of my favorite ingredients – bacon!!

Bacon, alfredo and pasta – pretty much a match made in heaven.  But I did take a few steps to lighten it up.  Just a little bit.  There’s only 1/4 pound of bacon in the whole recipe, but by utilizing the bacon grease as part of the fat to make the alfredo, you get tons of bacon flavor in every bite.  And instead of using all heavy cream, chicken broth is substituted in for over half of the liquid.  It makes you feel a little less guilty, right?

This is the perfect meal for a night in!
 

Bacon Alfredo Pasta | www.tasteandtellblog.com #recipe #bacon

 

Bacon Alfredo Pasta

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Bacon Alfredo Pasta

A decadent dinner idea, this Bacon Alfredo Pasta would be the perfect meal for a special night in.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup bacon
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 16 oz spaghetti noodles
  • parsley, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Reserve a mug full (about 1 cup) of the pasta water then drain pasta. Return to the pan.
  2. Meanwhile, cut the bacon into bite-sized pieces. Cook in a pan over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon. Add the butter to the bacon grease and cook until the butter is melted. Whisk in the flour and cook for a minute or two. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth and the cream. Cook for a few minutes until the sauce has stared to thicken up. Add in the Parmesan and stir until melted.
  3. Pour the alfredo over the cooked pasta. Add in pasta water as needed to thin out the sauce, stirring to coat the pasta.
  4. Serve topped with chopped parsley, if desired.
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20 Responses to Bacon Alfredo Pasta

  1. Yum! I used to love fettuccine alfredo but haven’t had it in years! I would love a dish of what you made!

  2. You’ve convinced me the next time we have alfredo to use different pasta and bacon!

  3. Nothing in the world like homemade alfredo. Definitely adding bacon next time!

  4. I’m with you. Stay home, cook in and slurp up some pasta. This is pure decadence.

  5. I love homemade alfredo. There is nothing quite like it. So comforting on a chilly winter night. Now I’m craving a plate of it for lunch today!

  6. Alfredo is one of my favorites..I love the bacon! I want this for dinner!

  7. carrian says:

    We definitely do not venture out on V-day either. No way! This looks perfect instead.

  8. Chels R. says:

    This looks amazing! My husband and I love Fett. Alfredo too! This might be going on next week’s menu :)

  9. teresa says:

    now THAT is a romantic meal!!

  10. Joanne says:

    My boyfriend has never explicitly said that alfredo is his favorite…but he gets pretty giddy whenever I make it. Sounds like a wonderful V-Day meal idea!

  11. I could never have this because I am lactose intolerant and I don’t eat meat, but my boyfriend would go nuts over it!

  12. Emily says:

    I kind of want some of this even though it’s 10pm D.C. time. Do you offer room service? ;)

  13. Uh anything pasta and bacon are A’s in my book. This look great. Can’t wait to try this!

  14. katie says:

    Oh this looks so decadent!

  15. Oh my, YUM. And BACON!! :) Looks delish, thanks for sharing!
    Claire

  16. Deborah,
    Yum!
    We never go out on the big restaurant days either–much more fun to eat in. I picked up some red and white heart shaped cheese filled pasta last week, and will make some sort of sauce for it . . . but I am torn between a tomato cream and this Alfredo. It just looks so good! Thanks!

  17. Alfredo pasta is one of my favorite Italian dishes. And the addition of bacon in this is just pure genius. Well done!

  18. Kim Bee says:

    My hubby would go wild for this. It just looks divine.

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