Adult Mac n’ Cheese

I made this over the weekend and couldn't keep plates full -- it's like an adult mac 'n cheese with veggies and herbs.

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  • 10 bacon slices cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups vermouth
  • 12 ounce rotini
  • 1 large zucchini or 2 medium, haved lengthwise and sliced into 1/2-inch-wide pieces
  • 12-16 cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/4 cup chopped, fresh oregano
  • 1/4 cup chopped, fresh basil
  • 4 ounce soft, fresh goat cheese


Cook bacon in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat until brown and crisp. Transfer to paper towels and pour off all but 3 tbs of bacon drippings. Add onion and saute for 3 minutes. Add vermouth and boil until reduced by one-third, about 3 minutes.

Cook pasta in boiling salted water for 4-5 minutes until it’s slightly underdone. Add zucchini and boil, about 2 minutes later. Drain.

Add pasta, zucchini, bacon, tomatoes, and herbs to the onion in the skillet. Toss until sauce coats pasta. Add cheese and toss until it melts, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

From: MJ Prest.

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