Bacon Crusted Cheese & Spinach Penne Bake
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Bacon Crusted Cheese & Spinach Penne Bake

Bacon Crusted Cheese & Spinach Penne Bake

with Balsamic Dressed Rocket

This Bacon Crusted Cheese and Spinach Penne Bake is a crowd pleaser and is one to get the family round the dinner table for. Super simple to make, and easily customised to suit the kids too.

Tags:
Family Friendly
Allergens:
Milk
Cereals containing gluten
Sulphites

Boxes and ingredients are packed in facilities that handles Peanut, Nuts, Sesame, Fish, Crustaceans, Milk, Egg, Mustard, Celery, Soya, Gluten and Sulphites. Due to the war in Ukraine, it has been necessary to substitute sunflower oil with rapeseed oil in some products without a label change. The FSA have advised that allergic reactions to rapeseed oil are rare.

Preparation Time35 minutes
Cooking time20 minutes
DifficultyMedium

Ingredients

serving amount

1

Red Onion

90

Mature Cheddar Cheese

(Contains Milk)

180

Penne Pasta

(Contains Cereals containing gluten)

100

Baby Spinach

60

Bacon Lardons

25

Panko Breadcrumbs

(Contains Cereals containing gluten)

8

Plain Flour

10

Chicken Stock Paste

1

Italian Style Herbs

150

Creme Fraiche

(Contains Milk)

12

Balsamic Vinegar

(Contains Sulphites)

40

Wild Rocket

Not included in your delivery

1

Olive Oil for the Dressing

1

Olive Oil for the Crumb

200

Water for the Sauce

1

Oil for the Roux

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Nutritional information

Energy (kcal)1050 kcal
Energy (kJ)4395 kJ
Fat61 g
of which saturates29 g
Carbohydrate88 g
of which sugars9 g
Protein37 g
Salt2.8 g
Always refer to the product label for the most accurate ingredient and allergen information.

Utensils

Chopping Board
Grater
Medium Saucepan
Knife
Colander
Bowl
Grill Pan
Oven dish

Instructions

Get Prepped
1

Preheat your oven to 200°C. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil with 1/2 tsp of salt for the pasta. Halve, peel and chop the red onion into small pieces. Grate the cheese.

Cook the Pasta
2

When boiling, add the penne to the water and bring back to the boil. Cook until tender, 12 mins. Pop the spinach into a colander in your sink. Once the pasta is cooked, drain it over the spinach so it's wilted and piping hot. Set aside. TIP: Drizzle with oil to prevent it from sticking.

Bacon Crumb Time
3

Meanwhile, heat a drizzle of oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat. Once hot, add the bacon lardons and stir-fry until lightly browned, 1-2 mins. Pour the bacon and its fat into a medium bowl. Mix in the breadcrumbs and olive oil for the crumb (see ingredients for amount), season with salt and pepper, then stir to combine. Set aside. IMPORTANT: Cook bacon thoroughly.

Make the Sauce
4

Put your frying pan back on medium-high heat. Add the olive oil for the onion (see ingredients for amount) and the onion. Stir-fry until the onion is soft, 3-4 mins, then stir in the flour. Cook until it forms a paste consistency, 1-2 mins. Gradually, stir in the water (see ingredient list for amount) and the stock paste. Bring to the boil, stirring continuously, reduce the heat slightly and add the Italian style herbs, then stir and simmer until thickened, 1-2 mins. Mix in the creme fraiche, then remove from the heat.

Assemble and Bake
5

Add the Cheddar cheese to the sauce and stir until melted. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed. Stir the cooked pasta and spinach into the sauce until combined. TIP: Add a splash of water to loosen if you need to. Pour the pasta into an ovenproof dish, then sprinkle the bacon crumb evenly over the top. Bake on the top shelf of your oven until golden, 8-10 mins.

Finish and Serve
6

When everything is nearly ready, wash up the breadcrumb bowl and pop in the balsamic vinegar and olive oil for the dressing (see ingredients for amounts). Season with salt and pepper. Mix together, then add the rocket and toss to coat. Serve the penne in bowls with the salad alongside. Enjoy!