For the past few days I’ve been suffering from the worse hangover known to man. It’s been two days of non stop vomit covered misery, and it’s frequently cause me to utter those immortal words “I’m never drinking again.” To make things much much much worse I had an incredibly early start on Monday and a jam packed day of work that I could not get out of. How I made it through I’ll never ever know, perhaps it was the thought of making this cheese and bacon covered, carb stuffed goodness. I decided to increase the calorific intake significantly by serving the pasta in a hollowed out loaf of bread, just because I deserved it for having such a wonderful work ethic and not abandoning my post despite how rotten I was feeling. Sometimes nothing but cheese and bacon will do.
4-6 rashers of bacon
50g of butter
2 tablespoons of flour
300mls of milk
200g of cream cheese
200g of cheddar
1 tablespoon of mustard
1 tablespoon of hot sauce
300g of penne pasta
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Slice the onion finely and fry in a pan in half of the butter for a few minutes, then using a pair of scissors cut the bacon up into small pieces and add the the pan with the onions and fry until the bacon is lovely and crispy, then set aside.
2. In another saucepan melt the other half of the butter then add the flour to make a roux. Cook the roux for a minute then add the milk and whisk until smooth and the lumps have been dispelled. After a few minutes the sauce will begin to thicken, keep stirring until it starts to boil then add your cheese.
3. Stir occasionally while the cheddar and cream cheese are melting into the sauce, and put the pasta on to cook. Once the cheese has all melted add the mustard, hot sauce, salt and pepper and then taste.
4. Prepare your bread bowl by cutting a hole in the top, then scoop out all the extra bread just leaving the crust. I popped mine in the oven for 10 minutes too, just to make it nice and warm, but it’s not necessary.
5. Once your pasta is done, strain it and mix together with the bacon, onions and lovely cheese sauce. Then scoop into your bread basket. If you wanted to go even further you could grate even more cheese over the top and add more bacon sprinkles, though proceed with caution as it’s likely to finish you, though lets face it death by bacon is a great way to go.