Bacon and Shrimp Pasta Toss

Bacon and Shrimp Pasta TossRecipe
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Paige Hicks
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.


Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 3/4 cups)
Total time: 22 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 22 Minutes
Total: 22 Minutes

Nutritional 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


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


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.


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