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