Prep:  15 minutes
Cook:  15-20 minutes
Serves:  4
Average: 3.8 (21 votes)
Recipe by: Foodbank
This recipe is made with Vetta Spiral Pasta and packs a punch with bacon and cheese flavour. Vetta are long time supporters of Foodbank Australia.
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Bacon, Cheese and Spinach Pasta Bake
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Cook spiral pasta in a large saucepan of boiling water following packet directions. Drain and return to pan. Set aside
  2. Meanwhile, heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add bacon and garlic. Cook, stirring often, for 4-5 minutes until bacon is tender. Transfer to a plate. Set aside
  3. To make cheese sauce, melt butter in the frying pan over medium heat. Add flour. Cook, stirring for 1 minute
  4. Remove from heat. Gradually add milk, whisking until smooth. Return to heat and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until thick
  5. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in 1 cup cheese, bacon mixture and frozen peas. Simmer for 2 minutes
  6. Add cheese sauce mixture and spinach to pasta. Toss to combine. Spoon into a greased 8-cup capacity baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes until hot and bubbling
  7. Serve with Mount Franklin water
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