K’s Kitchen – One pot bacon, tomato, and blue cheese shells

After making last week’s pasta, I got hooked on making “one pot wonders”, where the pasta is cooked together with everything else. I tried out the Bacon, Tomato, and Blue Cheese Shell pasta dish from iVillage, although really – is there any way that this could be not yummy?

To be honest, this pasta dish is more work then the other one.  I used only one pot to make it, but I needed to cook some of the ingredients separately. Cutting everything up and putting it into a pot to cook is much easier.

I also made some changes to the original recipe after I made it the first time. Specifically, I decided to add the tomatoes last, because the tomatoes totally dissolved when I added them earlier.   Next time, I would also use smaller shells then the ones you can see here.

Ingredients:
2 strips bacon
250 ml chicken broth
100g shell pasta
120g cherry tomatoes, quartered
30g creamy mild blue cheese
salt & pepper

Instructions:
1. Chop bacon and heat until crispy. Set aside.
2. In the same pot, add broth and bring to a simmer.
3. Add pasta and cook, covered, until pasta is firm. (Be sure to check on it from time to time, and add water if the liquid is reduced too much)
4. Add cheese, cooked bacon, and tomatoes.  Season to taste

This dish is super fast and easy.  It is a great dish if you want some cheesy, bacon-y goodness after a long day at work!

xoxo, K

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