Your favorite sandwich turns into dinner with this bacon, lettuce and tomato pasta recipe. With baby spinach playing the part of the lettuce in this scrumptious supper spin on this classic, you’ll never think about a BLT the same way again!
Okay, so any of you who have been reading this here blog for more than a week or so know that I consider bacon to be one of the main food groups. Bacon cinnamon rolls, buttermilk bacon pralines….there’s not too much I won’t put bacon it.
So what took me so long to make bacon, lettuce and tomato pasta? Who knows…but I finally did. Because if it’s good enough for a sandwich, it’s good enough for pasta. Right? Right!
So please meet the cast of characters. The first one needs no introduction.
The tomato part is not being played by big guys (which are not in season anyway…I’m counting the days) but by cherry tomatoes, which somehow manage to remain sweet and wonderful all year long, and which come in various fun colors.
I went with red ones for my inaugural making of this dish, just to be a purist. Now comes the lettuce, and while I am all for trying offbeat cooking methods (and there is a grilled Caesar salad recipe on this here blog which yes, involves grilling the lettuce), the part of the lettuce in this recipe is being played by its close cousin, baby spinach. Good and good for you!
Your favorite sandwich turns into dinner with this bacon, lettuce and tomato pasta recipe. You'll never think about a BLT the same way again!Last but not least…the piece de resistance…once you have this glorious concoction all assembled, you sprinkle on a generous handful of garlic bread crumbs that you have toasted in olive oil.
Now, there are a few other fabulous players in the supporting cast (white wine, red pepper flakes) but you are already in, right? So I’ll just pipe down and get right to the recipe, so you can get right to making it/eating it/dreaming about it/making it again. :)Print
Your favorite sandwich turns into dinner with this bacon, lettuce and tomato pasta recipe. You’ll never think about a BLT the same way again!
- 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 4 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper
- 6 ounces linguine
- 2 cups baby spinach leaves
- Make the breadcrumbs by heating olive oil in a medium skillet, adding bread crumbs and stirring until golden, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and set aside.
- Cook bacon in a large skillet until crisp, remove with slotted spoon and set aside.
- Add tomatoes and sugar to skillet with bacon drippings and stir over medium heat for 5 minutes.
- Add wine to skillet and simmer until wine is almost evaporated. Add broth, vinegar and red pepper and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Cook pasta according to package directions and drain.
- Add spinach and bacon to skillet. Add pasta and toss with tongs over low heat until spinach is wilted.
- Divide among plates, top with bread crumbs and serve!
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Hi there! I’m Kate, and I’m a recipe writer, food photographer and devoted bacon lover. I started Framed Cooks in 2009, and my mission is to create and share family-friendly recipes that make cooking both easy and fun…yes, I said FUN! My kitchen is my happy place, and I want yours to be that place too. Let’s cook together!