Alfredo Sauce Dinner Ideas – An Easy Dump & Bake Recipe
I was never a huge fan of any different things to make with Alfredo sauce. I think I had the sauce one time as a kid and didn’t care for it so just never gave it another chance! This recipe, however, has changed my stance on cooking an Alfredo sauce recipe!
This Alfredo sauce dinner idea stemmed from my love for my mom’s baked Rotini casserole (you can read the easy recipe for that here.) I’ve been making her baked Rotini casserole for my own family ever since I’ve been married. I love it because it’s so basic that I don’t even need a recipe, it’s easy to assemble, and I often have all of the ingredients easily on hand!
This Alfredo sauce dinner idea with bacon and diced tomatoes is very similar in terms of its basic ingredients and easy assembly!
I discovered it by an accident one day when I couldn’t come up with what to make for dinner. I just happened to have some leftover cooked bacon in the fridge, a box of Rotini noodles in the pantry, and a jar of Alfredo sauce on the shelf that I had purchased to eat with spaghetti noodles.
My haphazard Alfredo sauce dinner idea that evening led to the creation of this Alfredo Bacon Pasta Bake. Unaware of many recipes using jarred Alfredo sauce, I simply cooked the Rotini pasta and served it to my husband with chopped up leftover bacon and the sauce. It turned out that he actually really liked it!
My wheels started turning as I tried to figure out how to transform the haphazard meal into a more complete family dinner.
I used the basic dump and bake concept of my mom’s baked rotini casserole. That casserole includes mixing a pasta, meat, sauce, and shredded cheese and simply baking it until it melts together. To create this Alfredo sauce dinner I simply swapped out the type of meat, sauce, and shredded cheese from that recipe.
Wow, did we like the results!
And this Alfredo sauce dinner is easy-peesy!
(You can even make it gluten free simply by replacing the Rotini noodles with gluten free noodles and ensuring that your Alfredo sauce is gluten free. I’m gluten free myself and I love the Ronzoni brand of gluten free noodles and the Classico Alfredo sauce. My husband doesn’t even complain that it tastes gluten free when I make it this way!)
I won’t pretend that this Alfredo sauce dinner is healthy. It is definitely not one that hides valuable veggies or cuts down on carbs, but it is full of flavor and definitely fulfills a comfort food craving.
My two year old even loves it!
Here you have it…
My Easy Alfredo Sauce Dinner Casserole – Alfredo Bacon Pasta Bake
- 1 bag shredded provolone cheese
- 1 pack of bacon cooked
- 1 can of petite diced tomatoes
- 1 box of Rotini pasta cooked
- 1 jar of Alfredo sauce
- Cook your pasta and bacon according to package directions.
- Cut the cooked bacon into small pieces.
- Drain diced tomatoes and dump them in a 9 x 13 pan with pasta, bacon, shredded provolone, and Alfredo sauce. (I usually add about an inch of water to the Alfredo jar after I dump it in and then dump the water in the pan to add a little bit of extra moisture and be sure that I’ve gotten all of the sauce out of the jar!)
- Cook for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Cool, eat, and enjoy!
I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as mine!
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