Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Paige Hicks
Hands-on Time
22 Mins
Total Time
22 Mins
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.

How to Make It

Step 1

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

Step 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.

Step 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.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews


October 31, 2016
Very bland. Ended up adding a couple more strips of bacon, fresh ground pepper and Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb. Let is sit a few minutes to absorb the additional flavor. It was edible but... Like the concept but will work on making it with a light garlic and wine sauce.

Pretty bland

June 03, 2016
We didn't like this much -- it was very bland.  Threw out the leftovers. 

ksmith6103's Review

September 09, 2014
I love pasta and shrimp and obviously, bacon but this dish just really didn't do it for me. The lack of "sauce" just really made it quite bland. It didn't meld these wonderful ingredients together. I'm sad.

beth5533's Review

August 17, 2014

Carolrod's Review

August 13, 2014
My entire family loved this with a few added ingredients. It reminds me of a recipe by a famous cooking personality who cooked the pasta in wine water. This tasted similar but a little easier. We passed Parmesan cheese, pepper, and crushed red pepper at the table. For me the red pepper makes this dish really fantastic.

beccalynn's Review

July 07, 2014
Very tasty. I had some homegrown lemons so I added the zest and a squeeze of the juice of one. Everyone loved it.

ashanley's Review

July 02, 2014
We all enjoyed this- husband & young kids!! We used 3 slices extra thick bacon.

tnwalsh's Review

June 24, 2014
Wanted to love this but didn't happen. Felt it lacked flavor. Wish I had added the sriacha as recommended. It was just OK.

LDombeck's Review

June 20, 2014
I thought this dish was only ok, which surprised me. So I re-read the recipe and realized I forgot the oil! So, the so-so dish would probably have been pretty good had I done it properly.

Why123ask's Review

June 06, 2014