Creamy Garlic, Bacon and Tomato Penne with Mozzarella

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I decided to have fun and create a recipe with some of my favorite things.  I made a delicious Creamy Garlic, Bacon and Tomato Penne with Mozzarella Balls!  It was amazing!  I love it when a recipe comes together so well and this one did.  It’s one of those recipes where I was savoring every bite!  Who doesn’t love a creamy garlic penne pasta!  I love pasta and one of the many reasons is you can whip up a pasta dish with just about anything.   So I joined up with 11 other awesome bloggers to bring you some great recipes using noodles!  Gotta love noodles!

Creamy Garlic, Bacon and Tomato Penne with Mozzarella Balls 1

Creamy Garlic, Bacon and Tomato Penne

It has a delicious creamy sauce that coats all the noodles with just enough flavor without drowning them.  That is one of the many reasons that I love penne noodles.  Penne is a cylinder-shaped pasta noodle that I love with a cream sauce. All that delicious sauce can slide right into that pasta noodle, making each bite delicious!

Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta

And the mozzarella balls as they melt just add to the creamy sauce… it’s divine I tell you!

Here’s the amazing pasta recipe…

5 from 2 votes

Creamy Garlic, Bacon and Tomato Penne with Mozzarella

Easy weeknight dinner with this Creamy Garlic, Bacon and Tomato Penne with Mozzarella Balls.
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Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:20 mins


  • 1/2 lb Penne Pasta
  • 1 lb bacon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons of basil chopped finely
  • 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Roma tomatoes chopped into bite sized chunks
  • 5 mozzarella balls
  • 3 basil leaves chopped


  • Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add salt and your penne pasta. Cook as recommended on the packaging.
  • In a pan brown your sliced bacon over medium heat till crisp. Remove and place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  • Remove any additional grease from your pan. Add your olive oil and butter to the pan. Once butter melts add the flour and whisk till the flour is combined evenly.
  • Slowly pour in the milk whisking quickly to combine. Add the garlic, basil, Parmesan cheese and tomato and let simmer a few minutes while the pasta finishes cooking.
  • Add the drained pasta to the pan and mix to coat. Lower temperature to lowest setting and add the mozzarella balls. I tore mine in half, but you can do as you like.
  • Add your fresh basil and serve hot.


This pasta dish reheats beautifully!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pasta, bacon
Servings: 4 people
Author: Maryann @ Domestically Speaking

I hope you and your family enjoy this Creamy Garlic, Bacon and Tomato Penne with Mozzarella Ball as much as we did…

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  1. 5 stars
    Made tonight and was excellent! Wasn’t sure when to add in the bacon but did so after tomatoes cooked a bit. I had little mozzarella pearls instead of balls but worked just as well, just used a bunch!

  2. This recipe sounds scrumptious, but I have never heard of or seen mozzarella balls – what amount of regular mozzarella would I use instead – or where would I find mozzarella balls? Thanks!

    1. Hi,
      Typically you can find fresh mozzarella in small balls (about golf ball size) near the gourmet cheese or sometimes a deli will have them. You could definitely substitute with shredded mozzarella cheese, I’d say about a cup.

  3. Visiting from Pinch of Joy and so glad I did; this looks amazing and pretty easy to put together too. My family will love it. I’m pinning it for later! Thank you.

  4. Please publish the measures of dry goods in grammes and ounces. Only the USA uses volumetric measurement. By doing this, you will more than double your potential audience: from Europe and Asia.

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