BLT Pasta made with your favorite pasta, cooked cherry tomatoes, garlic, arugula, and bacon in a cream sauce is an easy and delicious meal time solution.
This meal was surprisingly easy to make and when you combine tasty ingredients in a pot to make creamy and delicious comfort food kind of meal – that is the ultimate meal time solution. Seriously, this pasta dish has everything that you could want in a pasta dish. Crisp and flavorful bacon, juicy red tomatoes that are cooked in garlic and bacon grease (yes please), and bitter spicy fresh arugula. I told you about how I got a great value on this Wright Brand® Bacon at Walmart when I wrote my post last week about Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf. Like I said in that post, I was pretty pleased to see that there was actually a full pound and a half of bacon in the package (24 ounces versus the standard 16 ounces you usually see with other brands). One can never have enough bacon, right? Bigger better bacon – the three B’s to live by.
- 8 ounces uncooked penne pasta
- 16 ounces bacon slices, cut into small pieces
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 16 ounces grape tomatoes, halved
- 7 ounces arugula
- 1 cup sour cream
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup (about 2 ounces) fresh Romano cheese, finely grated
- Cook pasta about 1-2 minutes less than recommended cooking time in boiling salted water so that it is slightly al dente. Drain and set aside.
- In a heavy bottom pot, cook cut bacon over high heat, stirring occasionally, until grease starts to foam. Then reduce heat to low and cook until bacon is crisp. Remove from oil and allow to drain on paper towel.
- Discard all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease. Over medium heat, cook the tomatoes and garlic until the tomatoes start to release their juice and the garlic browns. Stir in arugula until it wilts, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and add sour cream and cooked bacon. Stir to combine. Toss in cooked pasta.
- Serve with grated romano cheese.
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Wright® Brand® Bacon. All opinions are 100% my own.