Kale & Bacon Baked Pasta
Do you watch the show Chopped? It’s a cooking show where chefs are given four ingredients and a short amount of time to use them all in one dish.
I absolutely love watching cooking shows that inspire me to come up with my own recipes, which is why I was excited when Sargento challenged me to an at home Chopped challenge.
The four ingredients I had to use were:
- Sargento 4 State Cheddar
- Oyster Crackers
I decided to do a twist on my Easy Baked Pasta and create a Kale and Bacon Baked Pasta dish. I love how it turned out with the smokey flavor from the bacon and the creamy savory flavor from the Sargento 4 State Cheddar.
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How to Make Kale & Bacon Baked Pasta:
Cook pasta and drain.
Sauté Kale leaves over medium heat until limp (approx. 2 minutes).
Mix spaghetti sauce, sour cream, bacon, kale and 1 cup Sargento 4 State Cheddar in saucepan.
Place drained pasta in 9×13 greased baking dish and stir in sauce mixture.
Sprinkle top with remaining cheese and crushed crackers. Optional: Drizzle 2 tbsp butter over crackers if you want them to be brown.
Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted.
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What dish would you create using Sargento Cheese?
Kale and Bacon Baked Pasta
- 1 box 13.25 oz whole wheat penne pasta
- 3 cups chopped kale leaves
- 1 cup cooked crumbled bacon
- 24 oz spaghetti sauce
- 8 oz sour cream
- 1/2 cup crushed oyster crackers
- 7.5 oz Sargento 4 State Cheddar
- Cook pasta and drain.
- Sauté Kale leaves over medium heat until limp (approx. 2 minutes).
- Mix spaghetti sauce, sour cream, bacon, kale and 1 cup Sargento 4 State Cheddar in saucepan.
- Place drained pasta in 9×13 greased baking dish and stir in sauce mixture.
- Sprinkle top with remaining cheese and crushed crackers.
- Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted.
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