Holy Smoked Bacon and Mushroom Penne

February 27, 2010

Ingredients

1 (16 ounce) package dried penne pasta

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, divided

1 cup chopped smoked bacon

2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms

3 tablespoons minced garlic

3 cups chicken stock

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the penne pasta and 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pot, and cook until pasta is almost tender, about 6 minutes. Drain.

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until browned. Stir in the garlic and cook for a few minutes, then add the mushrooms. Cook, stirring constantly, for a couple of minutes until the mushrooms begin to soften.

Pour in the chicken stock, and bring to a boil. Allow to simmer over medium heat for about 3 minutes. Add cooked pasta to the pan, and stir until coated. Simmer uncovered until the sauce has reduced to just a few teaspoons in the bottom. Place generous servings onto plates, and top with Parmesan cheese

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