Sometimes you want a recipe that is quick and easy to cook, but tastes delicious and a bit indulgent.
When you feel like this, bacon pasta recipes are ideal, as they are simple but full of flavour. Better still, within half an hour you can be enjoying a restaurant quality meal from your own kitchen.
We have put together this list of the best bacon pasta recipes to give you some inspiration for those busy weeknight meals. Keep reading to find your new favourite pasta dish.
Bacon pasta dishes don’t get much easier than this. All you need is 5 simple ingredients – pasta, bacon, tomatoes, olive oil and garlic – and 15 minutes.
You will be amazed at how tasty this pasta dish is considering how little effort is required to make it!
The great thing about this recipe is that you can add in whatever you like.
If you have some rotisserie chicken that needs using up or some vegetables like a zucchini or a bell pepper then toss them into the pasta.
If you want to make it even more special then serve it with some grated parmesan cheese.
This pasta dish is packed with flavor but is nice and light. The salty bacon pairs really will with the strong garlic, bringing simple but punchy flavors to the pasta.
You can add some fresh chopped parsley and a sprinkle of cheese if you want to, or even a handful of black olives if you want to make it a bit more exciting. If you like spicy food, try adding some chilli flakes to give the pasta a nice kick.
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After a long, hard day, sometimes the only thing that will hit the spot is a big bowl of creamy pasta. Well, this recipe has got you covered.
The creamy sauce is packed with fresh tomatoes. It also uses chicken stock to give it a savoury flavour.
The juicy bacon and the punchy garlic balance the dish to create a perfect mouthful.
You can use whichever type of pasta you want – spaghetti, penne, farfalle. Just use whatever you have in your cupboard.
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If you are usually drawn towards the spicy pasta dishes at an Italian restaurant then this recipe could be perfect for you.
Here, crispy bacon, fiery red chilies and smoked paprika combine to create a warm dish with a kick.
You can use as much chilli as you want depending on how hot you like it.
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The fresh basil leaves really lift the dish and perfectly complement the tomato passata in the sauce.
If you find that the sauce is too spicy, add a dash of double cream or a blob of mascarpone to mellow the flavours.
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Fresh thyme is what makes this pasta dish really stand out from the rest. It provides an earthy yet aromatic flavour that works well with the saltiness of the bacon.
You can use any kind of melting cheese that you want, depending on what taste you want to create. Our favourites include Monterey Jack, cheddar, gruyere, provolone, fontina, or even some blue cheese.
If you want to add some protein, you could fry some mushrooms off with the garlic and add these to the pasta.
Whole milk makes the sauce nice and creamy which gives the pasta dish an indulgent finish.
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Peas and bacon is a simple but classic combination that is often seen in risottos, but it works just as well in pasta dishes too.
It only takes 15 minutes and it is a dish that the whole family is sure to love.
You can use whatever pasta shape you like, but mini shell pasta works well because the size matches the peas and the bacon.
This makes the pasta easy to eat as well as appetising to look at. The chicken stock in the sauce helps to tie together all of the savoury flavours whilst the fresh lemon juice really lifts the dish.
The half fat creme fraiche brings a creaminess to the sauce without too much fat.
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One of the key ingredients of carbonara is the crispy bacon lardons that release delicious oils into the sauce.
This pasta sauce is no different, as the bacon is still the star of the show. The eggs make the sauce rich and decadent, and the layer of bubbly melted cheese on top of the pasta bake makes this meal truly irresistible.
Cooking pasta bake takes slightly longer than normal pasta. However, when you pull it out of the oven and you can see the melted cheese and smell the creamy sauce, you will be glad that you put in the extra effort.
It’s a spin on a classic, but if you make it you’ll see why it’s one of the best bacon pasta recipes.
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Chicken and bacon go really well together in salads, sandwiches, and also in pasta dishes.
Adding chicken to a bacon pasta dish is an easy way to get more protein into the meal, and more meat.
It takes 25 minutes to cook and is perfect for using up leftover cream cheese that you don’t know what to do with.
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The thick cream makes it feel like an indulgent meal, whilst the fresh lemon creates a bright and zingy flavour that makes the dish more complex.
If you want an alternative to chicken, you could try adding some juicy and tender prawns or shrimp to the pasta.
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All you need is a few simple ingredients to put together a delicious and satisfying bacon pasta dish.
There are lots of options when it comes to bacon pasta – you could make a tomato sauce, a creamy sauce, a cheesy sauce, or an oily dressing for the pasta.
You can add chicken, mushrooms, spinach or just keep it plain and simple.
These recipes are some of the tastiest yet straightforward bacon pasta dishes. They are ideal for those busy weeknight meals or as a nourishing meal to cook for your family and friends.
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