As soon as I saw the title of Bacon and Spinach Pasta with Parmesan pop up in my Feedly a couple months ago, I knew I had to make Beth’s recipe. She blogs over at Budget Bytes and you can find her recipe here. Spoiler: it was just as delicious as it sounds!
It’s an easy recipe, using only one dish. You really can’t go wrong with that. I this is a perfect mid week dinner when you don’t have lots of time. It kept well as leftovers the day after as well.
First off, I don’t think I’ve ever cooked pasta in anything other than water. In this recipe you use chicken broth. I though it gave the pasta another flavour that went will with the spinach and bacon. I know I’m going to try doing this again in other pasta dishes I make.
Getting the ingredients ready to go was fairly easy. Once the bacon and onions were chopped I was ready to start cooking. I started off my sautéing the bacon. I drained most of the fat, then cooked up the onions. Next I added the chicken broth to the pan, and finally the pasta.
After 15 minutes there shouldn’t be much broth left because it’s been absorbed by the pasta. Then I add the spinach and allowed it to wilt. It’s amazing how much smaller spinach gets when it wilts. It surprises me every time.
Then I took the pan off the heat and added in the parmesan cheese and mixed it in to combine everything all together. It was then ready to eat! By this point it smelled pretty good, thanks to the bacon.
To be honest I was a little worried it would be too greasy, considering it’s cooked in the same pan as the bacon. However, pouring off most of the fat did the trick.
The entire family liked it, even my mom who isn’t always a big pasta fan. It was also pretty nice to get some veggies in the mail to go along with the carbs from the pasta. Having the veggies in with the main dish sometimes makes it easier to get them in throughout the day.
If you’re looking for a quick, simple one pot dinner to make, I’d definitely recommend Budget Bytes’s Bacon and Spinach Pasta with Parmesan (click for the recipe). It was easy to make, tasted great, and I had leftovers for the next day.
Leave me a comment with the last “new to you” recipe you tried.