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Cheese and Spinach Bucatini with Bacon and Garlic Cream Sauce | Our Anniversary Dinner Traditions

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I love making premium restaurant-style meals at home and I’ve nailed it once again with this  Cheese and Spinach Bucatini with Bacon and Garlic Cream Sauce.

I can hardly believe my husband and I are celebrating our 17th anniversary this month. We dated for two years before getting married and I still get excited about waking up beside him everyday. Part of what has built a strong foundation for our marriage are out traditions. Early on we started celebrating our anniversary by cooking dinner together and going to the movies afterward. Saidah's 17th Anniversary

The tradition started out of a need to be frugal. We were a young family, with one income and wanted a restaurant style dinner on a budget. That decision turned into something we now look forward to year after year.Cheese and Spinach Bucatini with Bacon and Garlic Cream SauceFor anniversary dinners we use traditional, budget friendly ingredients we were raised on and transform them into restaurant style meals made with love. This year I’m craving pasta but want something familiar yet gourmet. When I saw Barilla®’s Collezione premium pastas at Publix, I immediately knew what I wanted to make and that it would be next level delicious.Barilla Collezione

Barilla® Collezione comes in six artisanal pasta shapes and even a signature Tortellini that can be used for this recipe.

Each pasta is artisinally crafted using traditional Italian bronze plates for a homemade “al dente” texture that perfectly holds sauces every time. 

The Bucatini is traditional spaghetti but better. Bucatini resembles thick spaghetti but with a hollow straw-like center. This is where the name “buco” come from which means “hole” in Italian. The hole in the center of each pasta works to capture sauce and ensures we taste Bacon and Garlic Cream Sauce in every bite.Barilla® Collezione pasta makes it easy to “elevate your everyday meals“. The unbeatable price at Publix makes this gourmet pasta a budget friendly ingredient.

I dare you to try this recipe using one of the Barilla® Collezione pastas and I’ll wait for you to thank me later.

Cooking Tips

  1. To ensure this recipe has the right texture make sure you don’t overcook the pasta.
  2. Also, make sure to cook the bacon through until it’s evenly crisp, but not burnt.
  3. I  used a small amount of the bacon grease in my cream sauce, but you could omit that and the dish will still taste amazing.

Serving Ideas

You can serve this as the main dish and feed up to 6 people or as a side dish paired with veal or chicken Parmesan. I paired ours with chicken browned on each side in a little bit of extra virgin olive oil.

I love how the recipe turned out. I was a little nervous trying something new this year, but after taking the first bite, I knew I’d made the right choice. I know you’ll feel the same!

Cheese and Spinach Bucatini with Bacon and Garlic Cream Sauce

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