Bacon Cream Cheese Baked Spaghetti – If you’re searching for a dish that brings together the indulgence of creaminess and the irresistible allure of bacon your search ends here. Our recipe, for Bacon Cream Cheese Spaghetti is a delight that will leave your taste buds in awe. With its velvety sauce, cooked spaghetti, and a generous sprinkle of bacon and cheese this dish is not only easy to make but also incredibly satisfying. In this blog post, we’ll take you on a journey through this creation highlighting its unique features, and ingredient recommendations and sharing personal anecdotes about why it has become a beloved favorite in our family.
I can still vividly recall the first time I prepared this Bacon Cream Cheese Baked Spaghetti. It was one of those evenings when I wanted to surprise my family with something for dinner. As the aromas of bacon and cheese wafted through the kitchen my husband couldn’t resist sneaking a peek into the oven while my child’s eyes twinkled with excitement. That initial bite was enchantment; the creamy and cheesy goodness harmoniously blended with the smoky yet crispy essence of bacon instantly won everyone over. Since then it has become our go-to dish at home – perfect not only for quick weeknight meals but also for memorable gatherings, with friends.
What makes this Bacon Cream Cheese Baked Spaghetti truly irresistible?
Experience the pleasure of our Bacon Cream Cheese Baked Spaghetti, where velvety cream cheese beautifully blends with the smokiness of bacon to create a dish that is not only comforting but also captivating. This recipe features a savory base made with bacon soup ensuring a balance of flavors. With its easy preparation, it’s a choice, for busy weeknight dinners. The combination of flavors in this twist guarantees its appeal, to both mature and young taste buds alike. Elevate your spaghetti game with this fusion of comfort and irresistible innovation.
What You Need To Make This Bacon Cream Cheese Baked Spaghetti Recipe?
Milk: The milk serves as the foundation for the creamy sauce. If you want a richer texture go for whole milk. However, if you prefer a lighter dish lower-fat options are also suitable.
Condensed Cream of Bacon Soup: This specialty soup adds a smoky bacon flavor to the dish. It’s an ingredient to achieve that savory profile. Make sure you choose the flavor to maintain the integrity of the recipe.
Philadelphia Whipped Chive Cream Cheese: This cream cheese variety not only brings creaminess. Also enhances the overall taste with subtle chive notes. Opting for the whipped version will give you a smoother consistency.
Salt and Pepper: These seasonings are crucial to bringing balance to the dish’s flavors. Adjust the amounts according to your taste and if possible use freshly ground black pepper for an extra flavorful touch.
Garlic Powder and Onion Powder: These powdered seasonings add layers of flavor to the sauce creating depth and complexity in its base.
Spaghetti: The pasta component, in this recipe is spaghetti providing an Italian touch to the dish. You have the option to choose between wheat or gluten-free spaghetti based on your preferences.
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese: For the cheese, you can stick with the choice of mozzarella, for its meltability and mild flavor. However, feel free to get creative and try cheeses like cheddar or Parmesan to add taste profiles. As for the topping adding a layer of mozzarella cheese ensures that each bite is filled with gooey cheesiness. Don’t hesitate to explore cheese options well for added variety.
Real Bacon Bits: To add that savory and crispy texture that takes the dish to another level you can use bacon bits. If you prefer a lighter option turkey bacon bits or even vegetarian alternatives can be considered for a meatless version. To elevate both the bacon flavor and provide a crunch, on top sprinkling bacon bits is an idea. If you’re looking to reduce meat consumption vegetarian bacon bits can serve as an alternative.
Chopped Chives: For a pop of color and a mild onion-like flavor that complements the creaminess of the dish chopped chives make a perfect garnish. They not only brighten up the presentation. Also enhance the overall taste.
Steps To Make Bacon Cream Cheese Baked Spaghetti:
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
Step 2: In a pot, on the stove combine the milk, cream of bacon soup, whipped cream cheese, salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Mix well. Bring it to a boil.
Step 3: Once the liquid starts boiling break the spaghetti noodles in half. Add them to the pot.
Step 4: Reduce the heat to medium-low. Let the spaghetti cook for 8 minutes while stirring occasionally.
Step 5: After 8 minutes add mozzarella and bacon bits to the pan. Mix thoroughly.
Step 6: Transfer this spaghetti mixture to a greased baking dish measuring 9 x 13 inches.
Step 7: Evenly sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese, chopped chives, and bacon bits on top.
Step 8: Place the dish in the oven. Bake until the cheese on top is completely melted with slight browning around the edges. This should take 14 to 15 minutes.
Step 9: Remove, from oven. Allow the pasta to sit for a few minutes before serving.
For a combination of creamy and crispy textures try placing the spaghetti under the broiler for a few minutes, towards the end. This will result in a tantalizing crust on top of the cheese while making the bacon bits extra crispy for a delightful contrast in every bite. Just remember to keep a watch to avoid burning as broilers can be quite efficient. By adding this finishing touch your Bacon Cream Cheese Baked Spaghetti will go from delicious, to irresistible!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I make this dish ahead of time?
Sure you can definitely prepare this dish ahead of time. Refrigerate it. When you’re ready to serve just pop it in the oven to reheat until it’s nice and hot.
Can I use different types of cheese in this recipe?
Absolutely! While mozzarella cheese is a choice feel free to get creative with other types, like cheddar or Parmesan, for some unique and delicious flavors.
Can I make this recipe without bacon for a vegetarian option?
Of course! If you prefer a vegetarian option simply leave out the bacon. Replace it with vegetarian bacon alternatives or sautéed mushrooms. It’ll still be a dish that suits your preferences.
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