• Cooking Time: 25
  • Servings: 4
  • Preparation Time: 25



  • 3 cups uncooked penne pasta (10 oz)
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 4 medium green onions, sliced (1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 1/4 cups milk
  • 10 slices packaged precooked bacon (from 2.1-oz package), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
  • 4 oz Muenster cheese, shredded (1 cup)
  • 2 oz Gruyère cheese, shredded (1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup Progresso® Italian style bread crumbs


  • Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 2-quart casserole with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.
  • Meanwhile, in 3-quart saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the butter in small bowl. Stir bell pepper and onions into butter in saucepan. Increase heat to medium; cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in flour, salt, pepper and mustard. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is bubbly. Increase heat to medium-high. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and thickens, about 5 minutes. Gently stir in bacon and pasta.
  • Remove from heat; stir in cheeses until melted. Pour into casserole. Stir bread crumbs into melted butter in small bowl. Sprinkle over pasta mixture.
  • Bake uncovered 20 to 25 minutes or until edges are bubbly.

Categories: Dairy  Dinner  Main Dish  Pasta 

Author Credit: Betty Crocker

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