Bacon, Tomato and Basil Pasta – 20 minute meal

I love pasta for a lot of reasons, but one of them is that pasta makes a quick meal.  And it’s extremely versatile.  For this dish, I used angel hair.  It cooks in just a couple of minutes.

Bacon Tomato Basil Pasta - 20 minute meal

 

Some friends gave us a bunch of tomatoes from their garden.  Now that’s a great gift!  But they needed to be used soon.  Pairing them with pasta made perfect sense.

I also had a pound of bacon in the fridge, some white wine and fresh basil in the garden.  My original thought was to make this pasta dish. It also has bacon, tomatoes and basil, but it requires more Parmesan cheese than I had on hand.

So I decided to do a lighter sauce, with no half & half and no Parmesan.  We had just enough cheese to garnish, so it worked out great.

And this is a quick meal.  Especially if you already have the bacon cooked.  I needed to cook mine, but I still had it made in about 20 minutes.

I usually cook the bacon in the oven.  Not only is it easier and less messy, it allows me to do other things while it cooks versus stand at the skillet and get popped with hot grease.

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15 min Gluten-free BLT Pizza

Have you ever had one of those nights that you literally had 15 minutes to get dinner on the table? I seem to have them a lot. We get home – it’s dinner time and everyone is hungry! This little gem is one of my favorites. Now that I discovered it, my family asks for it once a week. I hope that it becomes a favorite in your home too.

You’ll need:

  • Gluten-free pizza crust
  • 2 cups of Mozzarella Cheese
  • Bacon bits (homemade or bought)
  • 1/4 cup of sliced green onions
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1 cup of shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup of ranch (I make mine like this)

What to do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. Lay the pizza crust out on a pan.
  3. Cover with the cheese, bacon, and green onions.
  4. Bake for 5-7 minutes until all toppings are melted and lightly browned.
  5. Mix the tomato, lettuce, and ranch together in a bowl.
  6. Serve the pizza with the lettuce mixture on top of it.

15 min Gluten Free BLT Pizza

Ingredients

  • Gluten-free pizza crust
  • 2 cups of Mozzarella Cheese
  • Bacon bits (homemade or bought)
  • 1/4 cup of sliced green onions
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1 cup of shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup of ranch

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. Lay the pizza crust out on a pan.
  3. Cover with the cheese, bacon, and green onions.
  4. Bake for 5-7 minutes until all toppings are melted and lightly browned.
  5. Mix the tomato, lettuce, and ranch together in a bowl.
  6. Serve the pizza with the lettuce mixture on top of it.
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Rachael Walkup has been married to her best friend for 7 years. They have two kids – a 3 yr old boy and a 1 yr old  little girl. She loves to write, cook, spend time with family, and serve others. You can learn more about her by following along on twitter, her blog, or pinterest.

 


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