Monday, May 30, 2011

Country Pasta

I don't know about you, but I really hate standing in a hot kitchen cooking dinner during the Summer months. When we are not outside grilling, I like to make quick, simple, easy dishes that require little use of the oven or stove. This recipe is prefect for a Summer dinner! I also love that it's not a heavy pasta dish and would be great served hot or cold!

Country Pasta with Mozzarella

8 oz. rigatoni pasta (I used Rotini)
8 slices bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 cups broccoli florets, frozen
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/8 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Cook pasta according to package directions and drain. In a skillet cook the bacon over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the bacon is browned. Add the broccoli and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the broccoli is slightly tender (about 4-5 minutes). Stir in the cooked pasta, mozzarella, Parmesan and cayenne pepper. Cook until the cheese is melted. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley and serve with crusty bread.

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