2 ½ c uncooked medium shell pasta (or any type of small pasta)
2 tsp olive oil
15 oz diced tomatoes
4 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
¼ c minced fresh basil or 1 ½ tsp dried basil
½ tsp coarsely ground pepper
¾ c shredded mozzarella cheese
Cook pasta according to package directions. In a large skillet, sauté oil, tomatoes, cooked bacon, basil, and pepper; cook and stir for 5 minutes. Rinse and drain pasta; stir into tomato mixture. Add half of the cheese. Transfer to a greased baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered at 375* for 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
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This is one of the recipes I reach for when I'm not feeling too creative, because I typically have all of the ingredients on hand. Also, because of the small addition of bacon - Caleb typically doesn't complain about the lack of meat in this meal. :)
If I'm really in a hurry, I skip the baking part - just return pasta to the pan, stir in the tomato mixture and add all of the cheese. Heat until cheese is melted.