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 cups: 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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Tara User ID: 9031719 259540
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2017

"Great idea. I added some sauteed sweet onions. And used angel hair pasta. I didn't have fresh spinach so I added asparagus instead, it was amazing. I also only had a balsamic glaze, so I used my pork chop sauce recipe which is balsamic glaze, honey, thyme and garlic. It's one of my new favorite recipes!"

arkaplinger User ID: 4995500 256063
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2016

"My husband and I LOVED this! I served it with a wedge salad and some garlic bread. Will definitely be making it again!"

LindaFS User ID: 7726166 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 User ID: 7681287 235612
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2015

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

mslar82 User ID: 8444083 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 User ID: 2027632 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 User ID: 8453157 232563
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2015

"Was delicious"

jblunt4 User ID: 1506399 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 User ID: 31788 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 User ID: 8255729 232239
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2015

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

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