Baked Penne with Mushrooms, Bacon and Spinach

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Mark found this recipe a couple of weeks ago and being a pasta lover I immediately wanted to make it.  It is a really good recipe and I am looking forward to having it again soon.  It’s so simple to make and very easy on the budget. I didn’t take my own picture so I had to steal one but I will post one the next time I make it.

2c5c3fbe-07c8-406b-a56f-5951151c837dIngredients

8 oz uncooked penne pasta
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
4 slices bacon, chopped
2 cups sliced onions
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 package (8 oz) sliced fresh mushrooms (about 3 cups)
1 box (9 oz) Green Giant™ frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed to drain
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (2 oz)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz)

Directions:
• Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13×9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.
• Cook pasta as directed on package. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta cooking water. Drain pasta; return to stockpot. Add cream; toss. Set aside.
• Spray 12-inch sauté pan or skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Add bacon; cook until crisp. With slotted spoon, remove bacon from pan to plate; set aside.
• Add onions, salt and pepper to bacon drippings in pan; cook and stir 4 to 7 minutes or until translucent. Add mushrooms; cook 6 to 10 minutes longer or until browned and liquid evaporates. Add spinach and reserved pasta cooking water; cook and stir 1 minute.
• Pour mushroom mixture over pasta; toss to coat. Pour into baking dish. Top evenly with both cheeses. Cover dish tightly with foil.
• Bake 20 minutes. Remove foil; top with reserved bacon. Bake uncovered 5 minutes longer.

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