Pasta Night, But Make It Smoky!
Smoked cream cheese is a genius hack to change up pasta night! We updated Alfredo sauce with smoked cream cheese, bacon, asparagus, and the fresh pop of lemon, and its delicious! This creamy, smoky pasta dish is a one pot wonder you'll want to add to your recipe rotation.
Pasta with Smoked Cream Cheese Alfredo and Bacon
We created Alfredo sauce from smoked cream cheese! This smoky, creamy Alfredo sauce sauce is a genius hack to change up pasta night. With smoked cream cheese, bacon, asparagus, and the fresh pop of lemon, this dish is a one pot wonder you'll add to your recipe rotation.
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper, coarse grind
4 oz. smoked cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus additional for serving
8 oz. fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 tsp. fresh lemon zest
8 oz. linguine, cooked al dente, with 1 cup cooking water reserved
fresh basil, chiffonade
4 slices thick cut bacon, diced and fried crispy
Make the sauce
Add olive oil to a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook a minute to soften. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in milk, kosher salt, and black pepper until just thickened, about 3 to 4 minutes.
Add smoked cream cheese and Parmesan cheese, whisk until melted.
Stir in the asparagus and lemon zest, then put a lid on the skillet, and simmer until asparagus is cooked to your liking
Make the pasta
- Add drained linguine to the sauce, and stir. If sauce is thicker then you like, add some of the reserved pasta water. Did you forget to save some pasta water? It happens! Just stir in some tap water, your sauce it will be fine.
- Taste and adjust for seasoning.
Transfer to a warmed pasta bowl, top with grated Parmesan, basil, and bacon. Serve immediately.