≡ A Note From The Author ≡
After a long day at work, or running errands or taking care of a sick child, do you stress and worry about dinner time like I did? I used to feel anxious about food shopping and what to put on the table for my family of four. Until I started reserving complex meals for special occasions (you know, recipes with too many ingredients, multiple stages and finicky instructions). I experimented with simpler meals instead to bring more calm in my daily life.
One of the reasons I started this website is to help me overcome these concerns. I wanted a single platform to store simple and healthy-ish recipes that my family love. This Bacon, Spinach and Tomato Pasta—with only 5 ingredients and cooks in one pot or pan—is stress- and worry-free to make and my whole family enjoys it.
Make sure to read through The Toolbox before making the recipe below. Remember that nobody’s perfect. Be flexible, roll with the punches and have fun!
All the best,
≡ The Toolbox ≡
Cooking With Tools
I cut up 2 to 4 bacon slices at a time with kitchen shears instead of chopping them with a knife.
- chopping board and knife (optional if using garlic powder and kitchen shears for bacon)
- can opener (optional if using fresh tomatoes)
- large pot or pan
- cooking spoon
- measuring spoons
For less dirty dishes, I use the same plate the uncooked bacon was cut or chopped to transfer the cooked bacon.
Cooking With Heat
I have an electric stove with 1 – 10 heat indicator (1 is lowest heat and 10 is highest). The heat level I use for this recipe is pretty consistent at medium heat (5). Remember to turn the heat off (or on low) when cooking the spinach and tomatoes to prevent them from overcooking.
Cooking With Fat
I rarely throw out the grease when cooking bacon, instead I use it in place of butter and olive oil. Since I like to cook with bacon grease, I don’t line the bacon plate with paper towel.
Cooking With Substitutions
For a minimal-prepped dinner, I often use garlic powder, prepackaged organic baby spinach and canned diced tomatoes. I often make this Bacon, Spinach and Tomato Pasta with organic, gluten-free pasta made with only 2 ingredients—organic quinoa flour and organic corn flour. All-purpose and gluten-free pastas are, of course, perfectly fine too.
Cooking With Pairings
When I’m feeling indulgent, I serve this light dish with cheesy or garlic bread.
≡ The Recipe ≡
5-INGREDIENT BACON, SPINACH AND TOMATO PASTA by mangoandpaper.com
Share as a side by itself or as a main dish with cheesy or garlic bread.
10 ounces pasta
6 bacon slices
4 garlic cloves (or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)
5 ounces baby spinach
1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes
In a large all-purpose pan, COOK pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, CHOP the bacon and set aside. DRAIN cooked pasta and set aside.
In the same pan, COOK bacon over medium heat until brown and crisp, 10 minutes. Set bacon aside and leave 3 tablespoons of bacon oil in the pan.
If using fresh garlic, CHOP then COOK garlic in bacon oil, 1 minute. Turn heat off, STIR in spinach and tomatoes (and garlic powder if using) until heated through, 3 minutes. STIR in pasta and bacon to combine.
Nutrition Info Per Serving: 457 calories, 9.7g total fat (2.6g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 538mg sodium, 73g carbohydrates (4.4g dietary fiber, 3.6g sugar), 19.8g protein.
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