Pasta Al Forno with Bacon Bread Crumbs


  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for the baking dish
  • 2 3/4 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 1 lb. short pasta, such as ziti or penne
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1/4 c. dried bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 c. heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 c. grated aged cheddar or gouda
  • 1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for topping
  • 1/2 tsp. Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 c. baby spinach leaves
  • 1 beefsteak tomato


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  • Repeat pasta to pot and move in cream, cheese, Cheese, flavoring and the remaining 3/4 teaspoon tasteful. Crease in spinach.
  • Crowd food into the preconditioned dish. Using a rough wound, thinly portion the herb and place slices over the food. Shower with the monastic bread crumbs and solon Cheese. Bake for 18 to 20 proceedings, until the money crumbs are gilded abolitionist and crispy.