Bacon and Tomato Pasta

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I cooked up a bunch of bacon the other night, intending to put it all back in the freezer for another time.  My youngest son was begging to eat it for dinner though.  Since I wasn’t in the mood for breakfast for dinner, I decided to add it to a pasta dish.  We ate every last bit of this.  There were no leftovers at all.  I guess they liked it 🙂

Here’s what you’ll need:

Bacon and Tomato Pasta
  • 1 lb. pasta – I used penne, but you could use any shape you like
  • 2 Tbs. butter + 2 Tbs. olive oil (this didn’t make it into the picture)
  • onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1½ cups half & half
  • 1½ cups parmesan cheese, shredded or grated
  • salt & pepper
  • bacon, cooked and diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
  • fresh basil leaves, chopped
  1. Boil the pasta according to the directions.
  2. Melt the butter and olive oil together in a pan and add the onion and garlic. Cook until the onion is tender.
  3. Add the wine and cook for a minute or two.
  4. Add the half & half, whisking to blend. Stir in the cheese and let it melt.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Toss in the bacon, tomatoes and basil.
  7. Drain the pasta then mix it with the sauce.
  8. Serve it with extra parmesan and black pepper if you like. Yum!


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  1. YUM! I love anything with bacon.

  2. I love this salad! My version is slightly different, and we call it the BLT salad! Yum!

  3. I’m making this one! Looks great.

  4. This sounds just perfect. I love one dish flavorful meals like this!!!

  5. Mmm….looks just amazing!

  6. Looks great! I make a sauce called Matriciana that is bacon, onions and tomatoes in a red sauce. Delish!

  7. Yikes, my stomach is growling! This sounds great and I think my kids would love it. Thanks!

  8. This is exactly like the 3 cheese chicken penne pasta Applebees has…..but with bacon instead of chicken! I loved this and so did my very picky dh and 8 year old!

  9. Great idea…making pasta today think I will try this. We are following now…wanna drop by and follow us?

    Stopped by from SITs by the way…have a great day


  10. Made it tonight…it’s a keeper. Everyone liked it! Thanks! I posted it on my blog and gave you props!!


  11. This looks so yummy! I think I might be the only one around here who would eat it though – husband doesn’t like tomatoes and daughter is just starting to eat table foods and is not a fan of pasta so far. We never have wine in the house – do you think it would be as good if I just left that out?

    • Angela, You could leave out the wine. It would change the flavor a bit, but it would still be good. You could also substitute chicken broth if you want.

  12. Susie Lacy says:

    That was to DIE for! My family has declared it a keeper. I made it with whole cream instead of 1/2 & 1/2 since that’s what happened to be in the fridge, and it was truly divine. Well done!

  13. i was going to also ask if i can leave out the wine. they dont sell it at the commissary and we are too lazy to go to another store lol. i will use chick broth then.

  14. I have made this twice now and I think it is my new favorite dish! It is delicious-thanks for sharing.

  15. Certainly a keeper for our home! I substituted chicken stock for the wine and used milk and cream instead of 1/2 & 1/2 because that’s what I had to use up. It turned out wonderful!

  16. Love this recipe. I’ve made it several times for my family and tonight am making it for my parents who are visiting from England. 🙂

    I use apple juice when we don’t have wine at home.

  17. I made this for dinner tonight. My family loved it! My husband actually told me, “Move this away from me before I eat all of it!” It was surprisingly light but perfect for a rainy Florida evening.

    The flavors of were really good together but there were a couple of things that I might change then next time I make this. The first change would be to sprinkle a little bit of flour (a tablespoon or less) over the onions and garlic and cook that for a minute or so before deglazing with the wine. It would thicken the sauce up just a little bit. The second change I would make is to add the cheese just before serving instead of adding it to the pan and letting it melt. I grated fresh parmesan into the pan and melted it but it ended up a congealed mess in the bottom of the pan.

    There are so many possibilities with this dish! Will definitely try it again!!

    • I also had the trouble of congealed cheese mess, hubby had to clean the dish for me as I couldn’t move it. It was like glue, I also had a runny mess..I’m glad im not the only one with problems.

  18. I made this last night for dinner, it was awful but not the recipes fault. I didn’t no what half and half was so added 11/2 cups of each. It was like soup nothing stuck to the pasta. Maybe I should try again, but Ive been put off lol..Thanks Brenda

  19. OMG wish i could rate this with stars because it was AMAZING!!!! My husband and i cooked it together and even tho i accidentally grabbed Kraft Parmesan cheese instead of fresh, it did not ruin it at all. There is nothing i would change about this dish, this is a KEEPER FOREVER!

  20. This didn’t work for me at all. When I added the 1/2 and 1/2 it curdled and was a gross looking mess. Had to throw it away 🙁


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