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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.

Recipe by Cooking Light August 2014


Credit: Justin Walker; Styling: Kaitlyn du Ross

Recipe Summary

24 mins
24 mins
Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 2/3 cups)


Ingredient Checklist


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

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

302 calories; fat 5.7g; saturated fat 3.1g; mono fat 1.9g; poly fat 0.4g; protein 14g; carbohydrates 50g; fiber 5g; cholesterol 16mg; iron 3mg; sodium 512mg; calcium 137mg.