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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
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.
If you want to create your own recipe you can enter Sargento’s Chopped at Home Contest where you could win $10,000. Click here to learn more.
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
Step 1: Cook pasta and drain.
Step 2: Sauté Kale leaves over medium heat until limp (approx. 2 minutes).
Step 3: Mix spaghetti sauce, sour cream, bacon, kale and 1 cup Sargento 4 State Cheddar in saucepan.
Step 4: Place drained pasta in 9×13 greased baking dish and stir in sauce mixture.
Step 5: Sprinkle top with remaining cheese and crushed crackers.
*Drizzle 2 tbsp butter over crackers if you want them to be brown.
Step 6: Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Don’t forget to enter the Chopped at Home Contest for your chance to win $10,000!
What dish would you create using Sargento Cheese?
15 minPrep Time
30 minCook Time
45 minTotal Time
- 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.
Available in 30 versatile varieties, unique blends and distinct cuts, Sargento Shredded Cheese is always cut from blocks of 100% real, natural cheese. For more inspiration, check out the Sargento Pinterest page Pinterest.com/sargentocheese/ or visit Sargento.com for more information. The Chopped at Home Challenge gives viewers a chance to create their best recipe using the selected basket ingredients, including Sargento Shredded Cheese, for a chance to win $10,000!
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