BLT Pasta

I am a huge huge fan of BLTs, just absolutely love them (hold the mayo!), my other great love is definitely pasta. BLT pasta was just a no-brainer. This is a quick and different pasta dish that is really easy to pull together and makes a fun side that everyone likes.

Ingredients: 

– 1 box of pasta – rigatoni or penne are best
– 1/2 a package of cooked bacon (about 6 pieces, more if you want extra bacon)
– about 7 oz of baby spinach or arugula
– 1 pint of grape or cherry tomatoes – we have used chopped up beefsteak tomatoes in a pinch too
– 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

To Bring it all Together: 

I like to cook up my bacon first, that’s just a personal preference. While I’m getting my bacon ready I start to boil my water for pasta. Since it doesn’t matter as much to me if the bacon gets only lukewarm I cook that up first and place the cooked bacon on a plate with a paper-towel to soak up the extra grease. Once your bacon is done cooking, do not wash out that pan! Empty out most of the bacon grease from the pan and put your washed arugula/baby spinach into that pan on low. Stir that around until your spinach/arugula starts to wilt. Once it looks like it is starting to wilt transfer it to your serving bowl. Next put your quartered cherry or grape tomatoes into the pan from the bacon and cook them for about 2 minutes. I usually add just a small pinch of olive oil to the pan at this point to ensure that the tomatoes don’t stick. Once the tomatoes are warmed up add them to the bowl with the arugula/baby spinach. At this point your pasta should also be done, drain your pasta, add to the bowl with the spinach/arugula and tomatoes and the 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil. Mix them all up well and then crumble the bacon on top to serve.

Once you stir it all up, each bite will have a great BLT flavor, for an easy and fun side dish any night of the week!

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One response to this post.

  1. It sounds like a great pairing of flavors…good idea.

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