This Cheesy Caramelized Onion and Bacon Pasta Bake will entrance your taste buds with an enticing combination of rich, sweet, and smoky flavors in each forkful.
I am blessed to be able to work from home everyday with my 1 1/2 year old daughter and I wouldn’t trade that for anything… well, except maybe to have an office away from my daughter. Truth is, I think my daughter is the greatest thing since caramelized onions, but she doesn’t make for a very good employee.
My daughter is kind of like that coworker who hangs out at the water-cooler all day, chatting you up while you desperately try to get back to work. The rest of her day is mostly comprised of turning the lunch-room into a bio-hazard, and catching up on a little shut-eye in her cubicle. Despite not actually accomplishing any work, I.T. still spends most of the afternoon fixing what she broke on the computer, but since she is the boss’ daughter, no one can do anything about it.
Despite the inherent obstacles involved with running a business while trying to raise a young child, I know I am very blessed to be this involved in my daughter’s life.
I just wish it were easier sometimes!
I did manage to prepare this Cheesy Caramelized Onion and Bacon Pasta Bake yesterday morning while she napped! Yes, I make dinner in the morning because sometimes you need to get creative with a baby in tow!
This Cheesy Caramelized Onion and Bacon Pasta Bake has such a fantastic combination of flavors. The sweetness of caramelized onions really counters the deep smoky flavor of the crisp bacon nicely, while it all dances on the nutty backdrop of melted provolone cheese!
If you don’t know already know how, check out my guide detailing how to make caramelized onions. The amount needed in this recipe perfectly matches my how to guide.
Whenever I caramelize onions I always use my straight walled saute pan. The straight sides allow for more surface area on the bottom of the pan, while also doing a better job ensuring the onions do not fall out of the pan during stirring. I own and love the Calphalon Contemporary pans.
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Cheesy Caramelized Onion and Bacon Pasta Bake
- 16 oz Penne noodles
- 16 oz Bacon
- 2 cups caramelized onions (Recipe below) 3 large onions
- 2 tbsp Butter
- 3/4 cup Mayo
- 3/4 cup Sour Cream
- 2 cups of shredded Provolone cheese divided
- 1 tsp Garlic powder
- A few grinds of Fresh Ground Pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Slice 3 large onions into strips and caramelize with butter.
- Cut bacon into 1" chunks and cook until crisp, set aside.
- Boil pasta in salted water, one minute shy of al dente. (~10 minutes, but refer to package instruction)
- In large bowl combine mayo, sour cream, garlic powder and pepper in a bowl and stir to combine.
- Add bacon, 1 cup of Provolone cheese and caramelized onions and stir further.
- Finally mix in noodles.
- Pour pasta and sauce into a lasagna pan, sprinkle with remaining 1 cup of cheese and bake uncovered in oven for 20 minutes.
- Turn broiler on for final 2-5 minutes and broil till cheese is browning slightly, monitoring closely.
- Let pasta rest for 5 minutes and serve.
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