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Easy Weeknight Dinner, Cheesy Pasta with Bacon and Peas

Cheesy Pasta with Bacon and Peas

I think pretty much all parents are always looking for easy weeknight dinners. Regardless of wether you work and commute, work from home, or stay home with children, weeknight dinners aren’t easy to get on the table. So when I say I have a great week night dinner I mean it. This Cheesy Pasta with Bacon and Peas was a hit with all of us and truly fast enough for a week night.

Cheesy Pasta with Bacon and Peas

We all know that pasta and cheese tends to be a hit with kids. So why not turn up the volume a notch? I recently made this dish with a delicious easy cheese sauce and had bacon and peas on hand to add to it. And now that I know it’s well received, my creative juices are flowing! Other than this Cheesy Pasta with Bacon and Peas, I now have visions of adding other veggies such as broccoli and carrots. For more grown up flavor, I’m thinking of a version that includes onion and mushroom. And for more protein, grilled chicken would be a cinch to include. But for now, I’ll just take this creamy deliciousness with a glass of crisp white wine!

Cheesy Pasta with Peas

Cheesy Pasta with Bacon and Peas Recipe

Ingredients:

1 12oz box of your favorite pasta shape
2 cups of milk
1 tbsp. butter
8 ounces Velveeta cubed (1/2 a standard size box)
16 ounces of shredded cheese, I used sharp cheddar
1/2 tsp. Garlic Salt
1/2 tsp. Pepper
5 pieces of cooked and chopped bacon (for week night ease, I usually make bacon on Sunday morning and then save what I need cooked in the fridge for later. Otherwise you can cook while you are making the pasta.)
1 cup of frozen peas

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to directions, drain and set aside.
  2. Over medium heat, add the milk and butter and stir until melted.
  3. Next remove from heat and add the cubed Velveeta and stir until melted. Then add the shredded cheese, garlic salt and pepper and stir until melted.
  4. Add the chopped bacon and peas and mix in.
  5. Serve warm and enjoy!

Cheesy Pasta with Peas

Cheesy Pasta with Bacon and Peas

If you have any variations of this dish do tell! I can’t wait to try it again in a new way for my family!

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Cheesy Pasta with Bacon and Peas

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