Photo: Justin Walker; Styling: Kaitlyn du Ross
Hands-on Time
24 Mins
Total Time
24 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 2/3 cups)

We love the look of mezze penne, a smaller version of regular penne, but you can use any short pasta you like. The "lettuce" in this BLT is actually tender baby spinach. You could also substitute peppery arugula or even baby kale.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain.

Step 2

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon; cook 6 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; crumble. Add tomatoes and salt to drippings in pan; cook 3 minutes or until tomatoes are tender, stirring occasionally. Add spinach and pasta to pan; cook 1 minute or just until spinach begins to wilt, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle pasta with bacon, pepper, and cheese.

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Ratings & Reviews

July 22, 2016
Can these things be cooked and put together the next morning


August 16, 2017
So good and super easy and quick. I added garlic with the tomatoes.  Can't believe this doesn't have more calories/fat... 

Delicious and really easy

September 13, 2017
I added one extra slice of bacon (because it was the last one) but otherwise followed the recipe.  It was easy to make and really good.  We had it with a watermelon fruit salad. 

merhba's Review

July 20, 2014

JillyBurke's Review

August 08, 2014
Comes together easily in one pan. Just needs more salt and probably less spinach.

MaryKate127's Review

July 16, 2014

BarbDodd's Review

August 06, 2014

goodrel8's Review

July 16, 2014
Outstanding and very quick to make. I made only a couple of very minor changes. I subbed GF pasta and since we don't really care for cooked spinach, I tossed the uncooked spinach in at the end with the warm, drained pasta and tomatoes. I also drained all but about a tablespoon of the fat from the bacon before adding the tomatoes because I didn't use center-cut bacon. I cut the bacon by a 1/3, and increased the serving size by half. I'm keeping this recipe handy because it takes 20 minutes to make, it's delicious and satisfying and under 500 calories even with the increased serving size. A little fresh basil or tarragon would have been great, too, think.

ESmith6's Review

September 22, 2014
Delish! So easy and fast. It will definitely be part of my regular rotation,

TheMarkettesl's Review

July 29, 2014