This pasta bake is full of penne pasta, tasty cheese, mozzarella cheese, bacon, cream, garlic, eschalots and a bit of fresh thyme. Topped with panko bread crumbs.
Eschalots are known in New Zealand as shallots.
The first time I made this was for out of town visitors the end of this past July, there were no left overs. I've made it twice since then. I use a whole pound of Farmer John thick sliced bacon, it's just necessary as we love bacon. I mix half of it into the dish and rest in the topping. Yes Molly is right, the fat/calorie police won't like it but when they come to my door I shoot 'em. The deliciousness squad on the other hand would love it. - 19 Oct 2011 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
This was super delicious! I only made a couple changes which was I used all cheddar cheese, added red pepper flakes and black pepper to the sauce and instead of chopping the bacon I pulsed it in a food processor and mixed it with the panko to make "bacon breadcrumbs." Again, this turned out super delicious and I would definitely make again. Thanks for sharing. - 15 Sep 2011 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
Recipe Group Selection: 10, September '11 Oh my..........this dish is delicious. The calorie/fat police are not going to like this one - but my husband and I LOVED it. I had to add 3 ounces of another shaped pasta because my penne was only a 13 oz. box. Other than that change I made as written. It was the first time I've used a shallot and panko bread crumbs. The texture is nice and creamy and loaded with flavor. Thanks rolo123 for sharing this one. - 15 Sep 2011 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)