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Creamy Pasta with Bacon and Leeks - Recipe

Full of flavor, this pasta dish is over the top. With Parmesan, bacon and the light onion flavor from the leeks, you're going to love this. And it's easy, too.
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Creamy Pasta with Bacon and Leeks Recipe
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook as the label directs. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water; drain the pasta.

Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 8 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels; pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the drippings from the skillet.

Add the leeks to the drippings in the skillet. Season with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the heavy cream and cook until it begins to thicken, about 2 minutes.

Add the pasta to the skillet along with the parmesan, bacon and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; toss to coat, adding enough of the reserved pasta cooking water to loosen.

To serve, top with more parmesan and parsley, if desired.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6
-16 ounces rigatoni pasta
-6 slices bacon, diced
-1 leek, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced and rinsed well
- freshly ground black pepper
-1 cup heavy cream
-1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- fresh parsley, chopped