Growing up I never thought too much about cooking. Yes, I had favorite dishes but I pretty much just ate what was put in front of me. I never bothered much with learning culinary skills, and I went into my marriage hoping I’d be able to find a way to feed my family along the way. But over time, something strange has happened. I’ve discovered a love of cooking; a passion for combining delicious ingredients to create meals that bring my family to the table and allow them to taste the love I pour into my food with each and every bite. From simple dishes to more complex creations, for me food is a way to connect and bring loved ones together. And very few dishes bring my family to the table like my creamy Spinach and Bacon Alfredo.
In my home, comfort food goes hand-in-hand with pasta. But taking things one step further, comfort food goes hand-in-hand with bacon as well. All of my guys are bacon lovers and any time I really want to make them feel special, I find a way to add bacon to our dishes. From breakfast to lunch to dinner, if it’s made with love in my kitchen, chances are it boasts bacon as an ingredient. So it only stands to reason that I’d give my classic alfredo a twist by adding crisp pieces of crunchy bacon along with flavorful spinach. But as I began the creation of this family favorite dish, I discovered that just as I don’t cut corners on ingredients or purchase pre-made sauce for this classic meal, I also needed the highest quality bacon to complete it in a way that brings the flavors I love together perfectly. After heading to my local Kroger to stock up on all my supplies, I couldn’t help but be drawn to Wright® Brand Bacon.
I’ve been a fan of the brand for quite a while, so I knew that Wright Brand Bacon is thick-sliced, hand-selected and hand-trimmed, meaning that it meets and exceeds the standard of a discerning cook like me. And since it’s made from only the best cuts of premium meat, it allows me to incorporate the richer taste of bacon into my Spinach & Bacon Alfredo.
What You Will Need:
1 Package of Wright Brand Applewood Smoked Bacon
1 Box of Fettuccine Noodles
2 Cups of Fresh Spinach
1 Pint of Heavy Whipping Cream
1/2 Cup of Butter
1 and 1/2 Cups of Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 Teaspoon of Minced Garlic
Parsley (for Garnish)
How to Make It:
For those of you who have made Alfredo before (and those of you who have not) let me just say that the secret to truly making this dish amazing is using only the best ingredients. To start, I boiled my fettuccine noodles until they were cooked to an al dente texture. After draining my pasta, I cooked my Wright Brand Bacon in a skillet until each piece of bacon was perfectly crunchy and the natural flavors from wood smoking were shining through.
After removing the bacon from my pan, I reserved one teaspoon of my bacon grease (trust me on this one) and cleaned out the rest of my pan. Then I added my whipping cream, butter, garlic and parmesan cheese to the pan that I had just used to cook my bacon. After cooking it on medium heat until everything was melted together and smooth (stirring the mixture the whole time) I removed it from the heat, added my reserved teaspoon of bacon grease and then covered it to allow my sauce to thicken.
While my sauce was thickening, I used my hands to crumble my cooked, Wright Brand Bacon into small pieces. Then I set them aside.
After my sauce had thickened (for about ten minutes), I added my noodles to the sauce and mixed it together.
Then I added in my RAW spinach, stirring the spinach into the sauce and pasta while allowing the heat to wilt it to perfection.
Once my spinach was wilted and my Alfredo was ready, it was time for the ingredient that really takes this dish to a new level. Right before serving to my family, I added my bacon to my Spinach and Bacon Alfredo and quickly stirred it all together.
After adding a few extra pieces of bacon and some parsley to the top, my Spinach and Bacon Alfredo was complete and ready to be served to my waiting family.
Now, if you think this looks like your classic alfredo, you’re right. But it takes the flavor of this dish to a whole new level with the taste of rich bacon in every bite. By choosing the Applewood Smoked Bacon, I had been able to add a slight sweetness to the dish that paired perfectly with the tang of the parmesan cheese.
And the crunchy, high-quality pieces of Wright Brand Bacon throughout guaranteed that this Spinach and Bacon Alfredo is anything but forgettable.
In fact, it’s so full of unexpected flavor from both the Wright Brand Bacon and the bacon grease that it’s the perfect indulgence for when only the best comfort food will do.
I encourage you to make this dish or your own favorite bacon dish extra special by adding Wright Brand Bacon from Kroger to your recipe. With an assortment of flavors like Hickory Smoked, Applewood Smoked, Smoked Brown Sugar, Bourbon Barrel Smoked and Oak Barrel Smoked, it’s this amateur chef’s only choice when I’m looking for an ingredient that’s sure to satisfy!
Now, I need your help in deciding which flavor of Wright Brand Bacon is the most loved! To cast your vote for your favorite @WrightBacon variety, click here. Then, share your favorite recipes with bacon as the main ingredient and hashtag it #VoteWrightBrandBacon! It’s the perfect way to inspire bacon lovers everywhere to create a dish they won’t soon forget!
Then tell me, how do you serve Bacon The Wright Way™ to your family?