Recipe ideas for busy moms from Real Women of Philadelphia

I really like to cook. Unfortunately, my son's football and swim schedule doesn't allow me to spend as much time in the kitchen as I like. The recipes that I've been turning to are quick, easy and appealing to the whole family.

Recently, I was introduced to the Real Women of Philadelphia website. This on-line community is a collaboration between Kraft and Paula Deen. The dishes featured on this community are easy to prepare and can be completed in 30 minutes or less. Also, the recipes feature Philadelphia Cream Cheese as an ingredient.

I've been looking at the website for some dinner ideas. I found one that is perfect for my men (both little and big),    Hidden Veggie Garlic and Bacon Pasta.  See I have some big bacon lovers in my house. I know that I can get the guys to eat almost anything if I put bacon on it.

Here's the recipe: borrowed from
  • Prep time: 3 minutes|
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 23 minutes
  • Servings: 4
  • 6 ounce(s) of bow tie pasta
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 ounce(s) of frozen cauliflower
  • 5 ounce(s) of Philadelphia Savory Garlic Cooking Crème
  1. In a medium pot, bring about 2 quarts of water to a rolling boil. Add in pasta and salt to taste and cook according to package directions to al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking liquid, then drain pasta; set pot aside for later use.
  2. Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add in the bacon and cook until crisp, approximately 5 - 7 minutes; drain.
  3. Place cauliflower into a small microwave-safe bowl and cook according to package directions. Cool slightly. Place cauliflower into a blender or small food processor and blend/process until pureed and lump-free.
  4. Place the pasta pot over medium heat. Add in the cooking crème and pureed cauliflower and mix until well combined. Stir in the pasta, 3/4 of the bacon and salt and pepper to taste. Add in some of the reserved pasta water, a few tablespoons at a time, to loosen sauce, if needed.
  5. Place pasta into serving bowl, top with remaining 1/4 of the bacon and enjoy!

What I like is that there are plenty of veggies in this dish. What they like - BACON. A definite win-win.

Why not check out or the cookbook, Real Women of Philadelphia: The Cookbook which can be purchased online at

Your family will think that you are ready for the Food Network.

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