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Karbonara sto Fourno: Easy Cheesy Baked Farfalle

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Easy Cheesy Baked Farfalle

Easy Cheesy Baked Farfalle

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In Greek: καρμπονάρα στο φούρνο, pronounced kar-boh-NAH-rah stoh FOOR-no

What we call "carbonara" in Greece isn't what you may have eaten in the past. This baked pasta dish is easy to make, bakes in 15-20 minutes, and makes a great family meal. I like to use farfalle pasta (bow-ties) but elbow macaroni works just as well.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound of farfalle (bow-tie) pasta
  • 1/4 pound of smoked bacon, diced
  • 1/2 pound of sliced cooked ham, diced
  • 1/2 pound of gouda cheese, grated
  • 1 cup of canned mushroom slices, drained, rinsed, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded, diced
  • 1 3/4 cups of heavy (whipping) cream
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 480°F (250°C).

Boil pasta according to package directions, until slightly underdone. Rinse under cold water in a colander, drain, and transfer to an 11 X 14 (or equivalent) baking pan, and season with salt.

Add bacon, ham, green pepper, mushrooms and 1/2 the cheese. Toss to mix well. Add cream and water and toss again. Top with the remaining cheese. Reduce heat to 355°F (180°C) and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

Serve hot or warm (or at room temperature).

Yield: serves 4-6

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