Canadian Bacon and Mozzarella Penne

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 25 mins

This is so good!!! Love the combinations of flavors in this pasta!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a small bowl, combine the mozzarella, garlic, 1 1/2 tablespoons of the oil, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes, and the parsley.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil over moderately low heat. Cook the onion, stirring occasionally, until.
  3. translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, water, the remaining 1/2.
  4. teaspoon salt, and a pinch of red- pepper flakes. Reduce the heat and.
  5. simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.
  6. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta until just done, Reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta-cooking water.
  7. Drain.
  8. Toss the pasta with the tomato sauce, mozzarella mixture, and Canadian bacon.
  9. If the sauce seems too thick, add some of the reserved pasta-cooking water.


Most Helpful

We really enjoyed this quick and easy to make recipe. I love that it is so versatile. I had to substitute a few ingredients, even after doing this it still tasted great. Lovely flavors and textures. The mozzarella is a nice contrast to the bacon and tomato. Made exactly as written but used a variety of small pastas, dried parsley and coarsely squished whole tomatoes. I was also pretty heavy handed with the red pepper flakes . Thank you for sharing your recipe, it was a nice comfort dish on a cold winter evening.

Baby Kato January 19, 2014

While I have to admit I did not use penne, but a mix of macaroni and fusilli, I was careful to follow the recipe otherwise with the exception of a tad bit more cheese as my cutting was inexact. Both hubby and I agreed that this was a 3-star recipe. The flavors were OK, but there was just something missing. Maybe some cream or white sauce would have helped? Perhaps marinara sauce instead of tomatoes? Maybe some oregano? (I just couldn't put my finger on it.) In any case, don't be afraid to try this - it really wasn't bad. It was just disappointing after seeing all the 5-star reviews.

Cook In Southwest November 08, 2012

This was good.. I added some grana padano to the mozzarella mixture and also used italian spiced tomatoes. I'll make it again, thanks!

mommymakeit4u April 11, 2009

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