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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 Salad

This Bacon Crusted Cheese & 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 Time40 minutes
Cooking time25 minutes
DifficultyMedium

Ingredients

serving amount

90

Mature Cheddar Cheese

(Contains Milk)

180

Penne Pasta

(Contains Cereals containing gluten)

40

Baby Spinach

60

Bacon Lardons

25

Panko Breadcrumbs

(Contains Cereals containing gluten)

10

Chicken Stock Paste

1

Dried Thyme

150

Creme Fraiche

(Contains Milk)

12

Balsamic Vinegar

(Contains Sulphites)

50

Baby Leaf Mix

Not included in your delivery

1

Olive Oil for the Crumb

1

Oil for the Roux

2

Plain Flour

200

Water for the Sauce

1

Olive Oil for the Dressing

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Nutritional information

Energy (kcal)1031 kcal
Energy (kJ)4312 kJ
Fat60.2 g
of which saturates30.3 g
Carbohydrate87.5 g
of which sugars7.2 g
Protein35.1 g
Salt2.87 g
Always refer to the product label for the most accurate ingredient and allergen information.

Utensils

Grater
Medium Saucepan
Colander
Bowl
Grill Pan
Oven dish

Instructions

Get Prepped
1

Preheat your oven to 220°C/200°C fan/gas mark 7. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil with 1/2 tsp salt for the pasta.
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. Drizzle with a little oil to prevent it from sticking. Set aside.

Bacon Crumb Time
3

Meanwhile, heat a drizzle of oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat.
Once the oil is 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.

Make the Sauce
4

Pop your (now empty) frying pan back on medium-high heat.
Add the olive oil for the roux (see ingredients for amount), then stir in the flour (see ingredients for amount). Cook until it forms a paste, 1-2 mins - you've made a roux!
Gradually stir in the water for the sauce (see ingredients for amount) and chicken stock paste. Bring to the boil, then stir and simmer until thickened, 1-2 mins.
Stir in the dried thyme and creme fraiche, then remove from the heat.

Assemble and Bake
5

Add the grated Cheddar 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. Add a splash of water to loosen if you need to. Pour the creamy 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.

Serve
6

Serve the penne bake in bowls with the salad alongside. Enjoy!