Bacon & Tomato Spaghetti Recipe
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Bacon & Tomato Spaghetti Recipe

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Our summer-perfect pasta features baby spinach, cherry tomatoes and crisp bacon tossed with a tangy balsamic vinaigrette. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 1/2 pound thick-sliced bacon strips, chopped
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cup: 409 calories, 18g fat (5g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 833mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 15g protein .


  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. Saute tomatoes in drippings until tender. Drain spaghetti; stir into skillet. Add the spinach, bacon, vinaigrette, salt and pepper; heat through. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Bacon & Tomato Spaghetti in Simple & Delicious August/September 2010, p13

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LindaFS 245416
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2016

"This is a great recipe - so quick and simple to prepare and it is easy to tweak it to your personal preference. I love the addition of healthy greens. I used baby spinach, chard and kale. I saut?ed onion and garlic first, added a tablespoon of tomato paste and then 2 jars of home canned tomatoes along with the cherry tomatoes and bacon. I served this to a group of friends and it was a well received. Thank you for posting the recipe."

CaroleeHen 235612
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2015

"We loved it. We had a lot of cherry tomatoes to finish. This was perfect."

mslar82 235309
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2015

"This recipe was amazing. So tasty. The bacon is a plus. I certainly will make this again and I will pass on this recipe."

hjberube 233857
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2015

"Tasted great until I added the balsamic vinaigrette -- I love it as a salad dressing, but didn't care for it in this recipe. I may try regular Italian dressing next time, or just use extra parmesan cheese for flavor."

mrssmb06 232563
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2015

"Was delicious"

jblunt4 232533
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2015

"My family and I really like this ! I doubled this for my family of 5 and also used fettuccine noodles and added sliced baby portobella mushrooms to this. I will definitely make this again"

MarineMom_texas 232250
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2015

"I prepared this recipe for lunch today and give it a thumbs up. Delicious. It was easy to prepare and we loved it. Please don't confuse the balsamic vinaigrette for balsamic vinegar. It is not vinegar but a salad dressing. Big difference. We will be having this delicious dish again. I highly recommend this recipe as a Volunteer Field Editor for Taste of Home."

jvulgamore 232239
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2015

"I accidentally added sugar instead of bad. Guess I will never be on MasterChef!"

annrms 232124
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2015

"We enjoyed this recipe very much! I couldn't bring myself to "cook" the fresh, farmer's market cherry tomatoes, so I kept them raw and tossed them with the spinach and hot pasta. They wilted just enough to soften...perfect. I also added a bunch of scallions that I sliced into ribbons with my green bean "frencher" tool. The pasta I used was a tubular rice pasta which made the dish GF. I did use the bacon drippings, but I omitted the extra oil of the vinaigrette; instead, I used white balsamic vinegar as I usually do when making German potato salad. I am so glad there are leftovers...will bring to room temperature before eating!!!"

kturner057 231729
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2015

"We really enjoyed this - however I messed up and overcooked the tomatoes! It was still good, but could've been better! I also added 6 cups of baby spinach - yum!"

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