Barilla® Bacon Mac & Cheese

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Ingredients for 6 people

  • 1 box Barilla® Blue Box Medium Shells
  • 1 cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup crispy bacon, crumbled
  • ½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
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  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and preheat oven to 425° F.
  • Meanwhile in a medium bowl, toss cauliflower with olive oil, salt and pepper and place on a cookie sheet. Roast in the oven until slightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  • In a large skillet, cook bacon until crispy and remove it from the skillet and set aside.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and save ½ cup of the cooking water.
  • Add cauliflower and ½ cup of cooking water to the skillet and bring to a simmer. Add pasta and sauté for 1 minute.
  • Remove from the heat and fold in the cheese and parsley. Top with crispy bacon before serving.
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