Penne Pasta with Goat Cheese, Canadian Bacon and Basil

Creamy and Delicious

On the table in 30 minutes

 

Penne Pasta with Goat Cheese, Canadian Bacon and Basil with Toasted Walnuts

Yield:  4-6 Servings

 

INGREDIENTS

 

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

8 ounces mini penne pasta

3 ounces Canadian bacon, rind removed and cut into small pieces

2 gloves garlic, finely chopped

½ – ¾ cup heavy cream

4-6 ounces grated Parmesan cheese

½ cup walnuts, toasted and chopped for garnish

Salt and fresh grated black pepper

 

PREPARATION

 

Cook pasta as directed, drain and set aside in a large bowl.

In a large skillet, melt butter and then add garlic and chopped Canadian bacon.  Sauté for 3-4 minutes to soften garlic and lightly brown the bacon.  Stir frequently and make sure that the garlic does not burn.  Lower the heat and add heavy cream to garlic and bacon mixture.  Gently bring it to a simmer, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and pour sauce over the pasta.  Add goat cheese, Parmesan cheese, basil and toss gently.  Season with salt and black pepper.

 

To serve, plate and sprinkle with toasted walnuts and fresh chopped basil.