As always, it met a few of our preferences: Few ingredients or most ingredients found at home; and quick preparation time.
Southwestern Pasta & CheeseTo begin, cook the pasta. Then cook the bacon strips and let rest.
3 1/3 cups uncooked bow tie pasta
1 medium chopped red pepper
8 chopped green onions
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon minced chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 1/4 cups fat-free milk
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
4 center-cut bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
While the pasta is cooking, saute green onions and red pepper in oil in a skillet over medium heat. Then add the flour, chili powder, chipotle pepper, salt and cumin until blended.
Gradually stir in milk. Brink to a boil and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup cheese until melted.
Drain pasta; toss into sauce mixture. Add bacon and cilantro. Transfer to a baking dish and add remaining cheese.
Cook, uncovered, for 2o to 25 minutes.
The meal was a bit too spicy, perhaps because we accidentally spilled some of the chili powder. Perhaps it was because of the chipotle pepper. In addition, I thought it would have been beneficially to add a couple of more bacon strips for the added variation in texture.