Bacon & Veggie Pasta

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Anything with Bacon is automatically yummy right? What makes this dish even better is that it is cheap, easy, kids love it and it’s a great way to use up all those random, almost empty bags of frozen veggies from the freezer.  I forgot to take a picture of the finished meal….sorry!

This dish doesn’t really have a recipe but is more of an idea.  Basically, make noodles, a sauce and offer lots of topping choices.  Each family member gets to create their own dinner!  Our toppings last night were bacon, onions, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, and spinach.  Each kid had to pick 4 things for their plate.  I chose the #4 because I knew they’d pick noodles, sauce, and bacon which forced item #4 to be a veggie 🙂

Here’s my “recipe”

  1. Cook bacon in a skillet until crispy.  Remove from pan and drain almost all the grease. If you don’t want bacon, you could use any type of meat.
  2. Meanwhile- Cook the frozen veggies in the microwave in individual bowls.
  3. Cook the onions in the same skillet then remove.  Cook the mushrooms in the skillet and remove.
  4. Next, I tossed each of the already microwaved veggies in the skillet just to give them a roasted flavor.
  5. For the sauce, I made a basic gravy.  I started with butter and flour and then added pork broth saved from the last time I made a pork roast.  You could also use jarred gravy or a sauce like alfredo.
  6. Put all the options out on the counter and let each person create their own dinner!

 

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