Spinach Bacon Penne Pasta

by Alice Currah on February 22, 2010. Updated March 2, 2010

[donotprint] I’ve been light on posting recipes here the last couple weeks – sorry.  Last week my children had the whole week off from school and every night we’ve been staying up far too late watching the Winter Olympics in Vancouver BC.  I usually work on posting recipes after they go to bed but instead have been caught up in Olympic mania.  Can you blame me?  Each night we’ve been watching our favorite athletes compete and its been thrilling!  As a parent of 2 young daughters who play sports all-year round, the Olympics get our full attention in our house.

But today I have a really simple and wonderful pasta recipe for you.  It is made with penne pasta, spinach, bacon, and a few other ingredients.  The flavor of the pasta is very light and seasoned just enough allowing the bacon and spinach to shine.  This would be the perfect recipe for a weeknight meal or as a side dish.  Enjoy! [/donotprint]

Spinach Bacon Penne Pasta Recipe


16 oz package of penne pasta, cooked al dente

1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled

3 large handfuls fresh spinach

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 cloves fresh garlic, minced

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Sea Salt and Pepper to taste


In a large sauce pan, toss all ingredients in and cook on medium-high heat until fresh spinach is cooked.  Season with salt and pepper. Enjoy!

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Jessica @ How Sweet February 22, 2010 at 5:44 pm

I have really been enjoying the Olympics, too. They are on at such odd times, tho. Your pasta looks delicious. :)


Gastronomer February 22, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Yep, this baby is gonna be my dinner tonight! Love that all the ingredients are pantry staples.


GridironGirl February 22, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Looks delicious! I’m going whip up some for dinner right now!


kamran siddiqi February 22, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Oh my! Tonight we’re having tortilla soup, but I think I may forget about the soup and make this! Yumm!

Great photos and great post, Alice! :)


Maria February 22, 2010 at 5:59 pm

You make simple look SO good!


jenn February 22, 2010 at 6:08 pm

This one looks so refreshing. I haven’t had pasta in a while. It’s time for a pasta fix tonight!!


joy February 22, 2010 at 6:08 pm

YaY! I can totally do this. I know I can. It looks yummy and has my favorite ingredients. Thanks for this recipe Alice.
♥ Joy


Estela @ Weekly Bite February 22, 2010 at 6:11 pm

I’m really having fun watching the Olympics!! Love your pasta dish!!


LoveFeast Table February 22, 2010 at 6:13 pm

thanks for the quick meal idea! My kids were home too and dinner inspiration has just flown out the window!


Amy from She Wears Many Hats February 22, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Yummy combo Alice and quick too – and quick is good during the week when we’re running from one thing to the next so many night.


SuperChef February 22, 2010 at 7:39 pm

So simple but you made it look so delicious!!


GridironGirl February 22, 2010 at 8:18 pm

I made this for dinner and it was FABULOUS! Of course being the true Southerner that I am, I had to tweak it to make it as fattening as possible. Instead of olive oil, I just cooked it all in the bacon grease and added a splash of heavy cream and some red pepper flakes. My family raved over it and I hid the leftovers for my lunch tomorrow!
Thanks for the great recipe!


arugulove February 22, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Looks amazing – simple and satisfying.


Virginia bed and breakfast | Victorian inn bed and breakfast | Romantic bed and breakfasts February 23, 2010 at 7:18 am

I really like a pasta BLT! This would be great served alongside grilled chicken. All these flavors are really wonderful together! I don’t eat much pasta these days, but I will try this recipe coming Sunday.

Best Regards,


The Rowdy Chowgirl February 23, 2010 at 11:05 am

This looks like a preview of spring! Just a couple more months and I’ll have fresh spinach in the garden to make this with…


Pam February 23, 2010 at 1:31 pm

This looks delicious and you can’t go wrong with including bacon in a dish! Very good!


Megan Gordon February 23, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Ah yes…very familiar with Olympic mania here!!! My cooking has taken a bit of a nosedive. For good reason though…they don’t happen everyday!

This looks great. I’m very fond of adding bacon to an otherwise healthy dish. Makes me feel better—delusional, I know. Thanks, Alice!


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction February 23, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Looks like a wonderful dish! Your photos are beautiful, too… I always have trouble photographing pasta, but yours looks great!


Rita February 23, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Nice photos!
It was nice to meet you in person, Alice.


3 Baking Sheets February 23, 2010 at 10:57 pm

I spend so much time baking that I think I’ve completely lost my ability to cook a good, comforting meal.

Thanks for making it easier to get back in touch with the savory side.


Katy R February 24, 2010 at 11:23 am

Wow that looks delicious, and would be a perfect lunch salad too!


Chris February 24, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Excellent pasta dish! Great colors and flavor combination.


anita February 24, 2010 at 7:16 pm

thanks for the recipe – did it for dinner tonite and it was delicious! both of my kids enjoyed it too (one won’t eat greens and the other won’t eat bacon, so it was perfect for them, something for everyone. ahahah).


justcooknyc February 25, 2010 at 1:17 pm

this is the kind of thing i could eat every day for dinner — slight pasta addiction here


marla {family fresh cooking} February 26, 2010 at 8:51 am

This pasta sounds great, love the bacon and balsamic combo. Hope your girls had a fun few weeks watching the olympics, great bonding time huh!


AMY February 27, 2010 at 5:53 pm



Evie March 4, 2010 at 2:34 pm

So simple, yet so delish! I’m going to try this with some pancetta I have in the fridge. Thank you for sharing!


alicia March 5, 2010 at 2:17 am

i made this for dinner and my boyfriend and i thought it was delicious! the funny part was that i’ve been wanting to make this for days, but he was hesitant and he finally gave in tonight. the only thing i did differently was that i only used 1 tablespoon of oil and 3 cloves of garlic and sauteed them together for a few minutes before throwing everything else in. thank you for sharing this yummy recipe! i am looking forward to trying your other creations soon.


Karen Harway March 24, 2010 at 1:08 pm

This is a fabulous meal. Would have pared nicely with a cabernet had I had any! I added 1/4 onion, 4 fresh mushrooms and two fresh tomatoes to the recipe. Very good. Thank you, Alice.


pita bread March 30, 2010 at 12:11 am

Isn’t it amazing how the simplest recipes have the best results? This looks like one of those, although I might add sundried tomatoes (my latest craze).


Debbie May 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm

I tried this and loved it! Great lunch idea, I just posted it to my food site and linked back to you. :)


Jessica Hinson June 17, 2010 at 10:45 pm

made it tonight, awesome!!


Kim July 6, 2010 at 1:37 am

This is a fantastic recipe, so easy to make and with ingredients I actually have! I did make it with turkey bacon which although not as tasty is a bit healthier. I also added freshly chopped tomato right at the end which added a nice acidic touch– I bet sun-dried would be good too. Thanks!!


Violette Allers August 21, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Nice Blog an a lot of good Informations. Please more.


gina September 1, 2010 at 12:02 pm

This looks so simple and delicious! Can’t wait to try it!


Rachel January 26, 2011 at 8:59 pm

I am making this tonight, although I am thinking I will cut up a shallot I have laying around, so as not to waste it. Pretty excited. :]

PS: following you. I’ve been looking around and your blog is great!


Carmen March 7, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Thanks for sharing, I was in a slump and this recipe did nicely to get me out.
I didn’t have to wander aimlessly around the grocery store trying to figure out what to make for dinner. I served it with herb roasted chicken and it was great!


Edith September 27, 2011 at 4:57 pm

This sounds like a really great dish. I am so glad I “stumbled” across you! :-)


Lauren March 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm

i think i’m going to make this, but substitute some proscuitto ham for the bacon…i’ll just cut it in ribbons like i would for a chef salad.

thanks for the excellent idea! looks delish! :)


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