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Cheddar Bacon and Red Lentil Penne

A great cheese pasta treat.

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Cheddar Bacon and Red Lentil Penne

tasteofhome Very easy to make with a nice flavor. Different from the usual mac and cheese
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, cheddar, pasta, penne
Yield: 2 servings
Calories: 737kcal
Author: Chef Verde inspired by Taste of Home


  • 112 g red lentil penne pasta uncooked from Barilla
  • ¼ cup sweet onion chopped
  • ¼ tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 bacon strip cooked and crumbled


  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • In a small nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, sauté onion until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Stir in 1 cup cheese until melted.
  • Drain pasta. Add pasta, bacon and onion mixture to the saucepan; stir to coat.
  • Transfer to a baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted.


Calories: 737kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 58g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 730mg | Potassium: 839mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1153IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 760mg | Iron: 1mg