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Bacon and Shrimp Pasta Toss

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Paige Hicks
Hands-on time 22 mins
Total time 22 mins
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 3/4 cups)
Bacon and Shrimp Pasta Toss is a quick, one-dish meal that boasts only 396 calories per serving and packs a whopping 26 grams of protein.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked penne
  • 2 applewood-smoked bacon slices
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 396
  • fat 11 g
  • satfat 2.1 g
  • monofat 5.1 g
  • polyfat 1.2 g
  • protein 26 g
  • carbohydrate 48 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • cholesterol 148 mg
  • iron 3 mg
  • sodium 570 mg
  • calcium 101 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions until almost al dente, omitting salt and fat; drain, reserving 3/4 cup cooking liquid.

  2. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat 10 minutes or until crisp, turning once. Remove from pan; reserve drippings. Crumble bacon. Add garlic to drippings in pan; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add shrimp; cook 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until done. Remove shrimp from pan; set aside.

  3. Add reserved 3/4 cup cooking liquid and oil to pan; bring to a boil. Boil 30 seconds, stirring with a whisk. Add pasta to pan; cook 1 minute, tossing to combine. Stir in spinach, shrimp, and salt. Top with bacon. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

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