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Bacon Pasta

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Bacon pasta is an easy to make dinner dish with noodles, crunchy bacon, and a creamy sauce. It’s full of cheese, beautifully seasoned, and so simple to make, you’ll love cooking it!
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  1. INGREDIENTS FOR BACON PASTA
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS BACON PASTA RECIPE
  3. STORAGE
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Bacon Pasta is one of life’s great pleasures. My family can’t get to the table fast enough when I make it! It’s the perfect combination of crunchy bacon and soft noodles topped off with a homemade, creamy cheese sauce! Does it get any better? This easy to make dish is a great pasta recipe for dinner on a busy night and since it’s all cooked in one pot, clean up is a snap!

We absolutely love bacon pasta recipes for dinner! If you want a couple more easy bacon pasta recipes, our Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole, Carbonara Pasta and Bacon Mac and Cheese will not disappoint! 

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MORE BACON RECIPES:
Bacon Wrapped Poppers | Bacon Wrapped Asparagus


INGREDIENTS FOR BACON PASTA

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You will need: 

  • 3 cups dry penne pasta
  • 2 teaspoons table salt
  • 14 strips of bacon, diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ¾ cup grated parmesan
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan for topping
  • 1 ½ tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat parsley or 2 teaspoons dried parsley, optional garnish

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

Pasta: You can use any type of pasta noodle that you like in this recipe. If you want a smaller noodle, you can use rotini, bowtie, shells, or macaroni. If you want to switch things up you could also use a long noodle like spaghetti or fettuccine.

Bacon: You can make your own bacon and chop it up into pieces yourself, or you can use a store-bought package of bacon bits.

Heavy Cream: For a thicker and creamier pasta, stick with heavy cream. If you want it to be a bit lighter you can also use whole, 2%, or low-fat milk.

Parmesan: If the grocery store is out of parm, or the price is a bit too high, try Pecorino or Grana Padano. Pecorino might be a bit salty so you may want to decrease the salt in the recipe a little. Grana Padano will melt really nicely into your pasta and has a nutty, mild flavor.

Peas: If you want to make a Cheesecake Factory copycat carbonara recipe, try adding some peas! This recipe is similar to the hit classic!

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HOW TO MAKE THIS BACON PASTA RECIPE

STEP ONE: Fill a 4 to 5 quart stock pot with water and teaspoons of table salt. Heat the salted water on medium-high heat. Once the water comes to a low rolling boil, add the pasta and cook until the pasta is al dente. Drain the pasta and set aside.

STEP TWO: In a 10 to. 12 inch skillet, over medium to medium-high heat, cook the diced 14 strips of bacon until completely cooked and browned. Remove the bacon only to a plate or bowl lined with paper towels, but leave the bacon drippings in the pan.

PRO TIP: Start with a cooler pan and turn up the heat slowly if needed. If the pan gets too hot, it won’t cool quickly enough and the bacon will burn.

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STEP THREE: Pour the excess bacon drippings into a heat safe bowl. If possible, try to keep the crunchy bacon-ey bits in the bottom of the skillet.

STEP FOUR: Reduce the heat to low, and return the skillet to the heat. 

STEP FIVE: Using a whisk, add the minced garlic and saute for 1 ½ to 2 minutes, being careful not to burn the garlic.

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STEP SIX: Continue whisking and slowly add the heavy cream and the whole milk. Whisk continually until the milk reaches a very low simmer, being sure to scrape the bottom of the skillet to release all the delicious bacon bits.

PRO TIP: Your sauce will come together better if you let your cream and milk sit out for 20 to 30 minutes before hand. This let’s them warm up a bit first.

STEP SEVEN: Continue to whisk and evenly sprinkle the ¾ cup of parmesan cheese, kosher salt, black pepper, and onion powder. Remove the skillet from the heat and continue to whisk.

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STEP EIGHT: Using a wooden spoon, stir in the pasta until it is evenly coated.

STEP NINE: Sprinkle the parmesan cheese and cooked crumbled bacon evenly over the top of the pasta.

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STEP TEN: Sprinkle the flat leaf parsley over the top of the pasta before serving.

STEP ELEVEN: Serve immediately. 

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

IN THE FREEZER: Leftover pasta can be frozen for up to 3 months. However, heavy cream in the pasta sauce does not tend to thaw well and may change the consistency.

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We’re confident this is the best bacon pasta recipe you’ll ever make, and the only one you’ll ever need again. Perfectly creamy with all the goodness of parmesan cheese and bacon and noodles that will fill all the bellies, you’ll be reaching for this easy recipe whenever you need a quick weeknight dinner!

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Bacon Pasta

5 from 1 vote
Bacon pasta is an easy to make dinner dish with noodles, crunchy bacon, and a creamy sauce. It’s full of cheese, beautifully seasoned, and so simple to make, you’ll love cooking it!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 5

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cup penne pasta dry
  • 2 tsp table salt
  • 14 strips bacon diced
  • 1 tbsp fresh garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan for topping
  • 1 1/2 tbsp finely chopped fresh flat parsley or 2 teaspoons dried parsley (optional garnish)

Instructions
 

  • Fill a 4 to 5 quart stock pot with water and teaspoons of table salt. Heat the salted water on medium-high heat. Once the water comes to a low rolling boil, add the pasta and cook until the pasta is al dente. Drain the pasta and set aside.
  • In a 10 to 12 inch skillet, over medium to medium-high heat, cook the diced 14 strips of bacon until completely cooked and browned. Remove the bacon only to a plate or bowl lined with paper towels, but leave the bacon dripping in the pan.
  • Pour the excess bacon drippings into a heat safe bowl. If possible, try to keep the crunchy bacon-ey bits in the bottom of the skillet.
  • Reduce the heat to low and return the skillet to the heat.
  • Using a whisk add the minced garlic and saute for 1 ½ to 2 minutes, being careful not to burn the garlic.
  • Continue whisking and slowly add the heavy cream and the whole milk. Whisk continually until the milk reaches a very low simmer, being sure to scrape the bottom of the skillet to release all the delicious bacon bits.
  • Continue to whisk and evenly sprinkle the ¾ cup of parmesan cheese, kosher salt, black pepper, and onion powder. Remove the skillet from the heat and continue to whisk.
  • Using a wooden spoon, stir in the pasta until it is evenly coated.
  • Sprinkle the cooked crumbled bacon and the parmasen cheese evenly over the top of the pasta.
  • Sprinkle the flat leaf parsley over the top of the pasta before serving. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 848kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 58g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 156mg | Sodium: 2106mg | Potassium: 385mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1360IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 286mg | Iron: 1mg
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