Besides, I should do a recipe involving pork to celebrate Hickory Smoked Homicide’s release yesterday. My sleuth has her very own barbeque restaurant. (Thanks for the amazing post yesterday, Cleo!)
This bacon and tomato pasta would definitely be a recipe after Lulu’s own heart. After a long day at the restaurant (not to mention fighting crime in Memphis) she’d want something quick, easy, and delicious. This fits the bill. Fits my bill, too, since I haven’t had a whole lot of time to cook in the past couple of weeks!
Now…I’ll admit this isn’t the lowest calorie meal out there. But we can trim it down a bit if we used turkey bacon (not that Lulu would approve the lack of pork there), a lower-fat milk (I did use 1% in this…that’s what we’re drinking at home now), and maybe a low-fat chive and onion cream cheese…not that I could find one at my store! But I’d have been good and gotten it if I’d found it. :)
If you’re in a particular hurry, try real bacon pieces instead of cooking the bacon. I’ve cooked it that way before and thought it was just as good.
1 cup milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
8 slices cooked and crumbled bacon
1/2 cup of halved cherry tomatoes
6 cups cooked penne pasta
Mix the cream cheese, milk, and Parmesan and cook over medium-high heat until hot and bubbling (stirring frequently). Stir in bacon, tomatoes, and pasta.
Hope you’ll check out Lulu’s latest adventure in Hickory Smoked Homicide! Visit Lulu at Dru’s Book Musings, where she had a guest appearance this week!