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Smoky Bacon Pasta Bake

Our new smoky bacon pasta bake is made with orecchiette (pronounced oh-reck-ee-ET-tay) pasta topped with rich and creamy smoked gouda cheese sauce, then baked with mozzarella and Gouda blend and chopped bacon. Orecchiette is a bell-shaped noodle. The name literally translates in Italian to “small ear” because of its ear-like shape. We chose this pasta shape because it’s perfectly coated by the creamy and smoky cheese sauce and bacon. It’s the perfect combination of smoky, creamy, and cheesy!