Saturday, June 6, 2009

BLT Pasta

The original name for this dish was too long for me so I renamed it BLT pasta. I think its a much more fitting name! This has to be my new favorite quick and easy weeknight dinner. As I've mentioned before, I have a habit of buying cooking publications at the grocery store. My most recent addition is a Weight Watchers publication, called 5 Ingredient, 15 minute recipes. What attracted me to this publication is that it had easy recipes that looked flavorful and most did not require processed products that I would find objectionable. The fact that the recipes are healthy calorie wise was only an added bonus. This recipe was actually the cover recipe on the book and it was the original enticement for me to buy this publication. I'm looking forward to trying several more recipes from this book.

Bacon and Sun Dried Tomato Alfredo Pasta (or BLT Pasta)

8 ounces uncooked multigrain penne
1 10 ounce package refrigerated light Alfredo sauce
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, packed without oil and cut in julienne strips (I chopped and added 2 fresh tomatoes)
10 sliced precooked bacon (I used my regular nitrate free bacon I buy at Whole Foods)
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat, drain and keep warm.

2. While pasta cooks, combine Alfredo sauce and tomatoes in a saucepan. Cook on low heat, stirring occasionally, 6-8 minutes or until thoroughly heated and tomatoes are juicy and plump. While sauce cooks, microwave bacon according to package directions. Crumble bacon and set aside.

3. Combine cooked pasta and Alfredo sauce mixture in large serving bowl. Top with crumbled bacon, basil and black pepper.

Weight Watchers Five Ingredient, 15 Minute Recipes, Summer 2009.


Anonymous said...

This looks soo yummy. I don't do much cooking anymore but I like this. Roz

My Carolina Kitchen said...

I love a good BLT and when you add pasta...that's over the top good.

Cora @ Cora Cooks said...

BLT in any shape or form is so good. Thanks for the great idea for a fast and easy summer dinner.

KMAYS said...

I love quick, minimum ingredient meals. That's how I started cooking!

Mrs. L said...

Yum, anything with bacon usually works for me!

eatingindallas said...

That sounds good right now!

Jennifer said...

Looks so yummy! I wish my little one would eat cream sauces.. would definitely try this one if he did!

Colleen said...

Mmmm, great simple flavors - love it!