Welcome to day 2 of BACON MONTH!
My favorite month. 🙂
Yesterday I told you about my efforts to keep it healthy this month by sharing some BLT inspired recipes and this easy peasy BLT pasta is guaranteed to please!
Just because you add lettuce and tomato to a dish doesn’t mean its healthy!?
We don’t tolerate that kind of negativity here! Sometimes you just need some bacon. And sometimes you just need to not feel guilty about it.
Which is why you need to whip yourself up a big ol’ portion of this…
And hey! Look at all those beautiful tomatoes! It’s kinda like you’re eating a salad.
Ok, so I took it one too far. But this pasta is packed full of veggies and doesn’t depend on loads of fattening sauce to give it flavor so on a scale of 1 to “my pants shrank 3 sizes overnight” this dish is somewhere in the middle, which I consider a win.
Plus, you only need one pan (other than to cook the pasta) so clean up is a breeze! Double win!
Here’s what you’re gonna need:
Angel Hair Pasta
1 container cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
3 slices of bacon, diced
2 cloves of garlic
2-3 cups spinach
1 small onion, diced
1/2 cup of Italian bread crumbs
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
basil, for topping
Here’s what you’re gonna do:
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and boil water for pasta. Cook the bacon pieces until crispy.
Remove the bacon pieces and set aside for later. Toss the cut tomatoes in the bacon fat (just until coated, you don’t want to cook the tomatoes) and transfer to a baking dish.
Sprinkle the tomatoes with the bread crumbs and bake for 20-30 minutes, until roasted.
Meanwhile, sauté the onion until soft. Add spinach and cook until wilted.
You can use the same pan for this that you cooked the bacon in (and you can use it again for sautéing everything together at the end).
Yay for fewer dishes and extra bacon-y flavor!
Cook and drain the pasta. Remove tomatoes from the oven.
Combine the tomatoes, spinach, onions, pasta and bacon in your bacon/onion pan and toss to combine and reheat.
Should only take a 1 minute or 2.
The juices from the roasted tomatoes act as a super yummy, super easy “sauce” but if you like your pasta extra “saucy” just drizzle with a tablespoon or two of extra virgin olive oil as you combine the pasta and veggies!
Serve with shredded basil and parmesan cheese.
Be sure to check out even more delicious bacon-y fun below!