It’s true that two of my children have moved out, so I am feeding less mouths each night. But there are still four of us, and two of them are ravenous teenagers. Finding dinners that are inexpensive but still satisfying is sometimes a challenge. This cheesy pasta meal fits the bill on both counts.
The addition of bacon in this recipe gives it just the right amount of added flavor. And there’s something fabulous about rotini. Sauce just clings to it and makes it irresistible. Rotini is great in casseroles too. I love this Baked Rotini with Italian Sausage, it’s always a crowd pleaser! I’m big on pasta, one of my favorite ways to serve dinner. This Spiced Chicken & Mezzi Rigatoni is one of my favorites! I’ve also been eyeing this Ziti with Portobello Mushrooms and hope to give it a try soon.
Cook and crumble or chop the bacon. Leave the bacon grease in the skillet and turn heat up to medium-high. Add the butter and oil, stir, then add onion and saute for 5 minutes. Next, add the garlic and sauté for another 30 seconds.
Add the flour, cook one minute, then stir in the mustard. Gradually add milk, whisking the whole time, bring it to a boil. Cook until slightly thickened. Take it off the heat and let stand 5 minutes. Add in the cheese and season it to taste. Lastly, whisk until smooth.
Drain your hot cooked pasta and toss with cheese mixture. Add in the bacon and peas. You can add small amounts of pasta water to loosen the mixture if it’s too thick.