Bacon, Goat Cheese and Basil Pasta Bake

Perfect for a cold winter night, this pasta bake is sure to warm you up. Crispy bacon with oozing goats cheese is a sensation on the tastebuds!

Ingredients

  • 1 tbls olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely sliced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 250g DON Diced Bacon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 680g passata or pasta sauce
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 handful parsley, chopped
  • 1 handful fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 300g penne, cocked to packet instructions
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 150g goats cheese
  • 40g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Extra hebs and Parmesan to serve

Method

  1. Heat oil on medium heat in a large saucepan and add garlic, onion, and bacon. Cook for 5 minutes or until onion is translucent.
  2. Add bay leaf, passata, stock cube, vinegar and sugar. Bring to a low simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and add the herbs, penne and seasoning.
  4. Gently stir to combine and place the pasta mix in a 1.5 litre oven proof baking dish. Top with goats cheese and parmesan.
  5. Place in a pre-heated 200oc oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. To serve, top with a sprinkle of the extra fresh herbs and grated parmesan.