Bacon Pesto Pasta is an easy pasta recipe that is perfect any night of the week! Whether you use homemade pesto or store bought this simple bacon pasta tastes delicious and is a little different to spagh bowl!
Pesto and pasta are an easy pairing and compliment each other!
Rocket Pesto Pasta, Pesto Penne and Creamy Mushroom Tagliatelle make weeknight cooking a breeze dishing up a delicious vegetarian pasta dinner recipes. If you love bacon, you will also love the Bacon Spaghetti recipe.
Pesto stores very well in the fridge, so can be grabbed quickly for a no fuss dinner
For everything you need to know about homemade pesto, check out my How to Make Pesto Guide!
What goes with Pesto Pasta?
There are so many ways of taking Pesto Pasta and elevating to that next level.
The most basic combination is pesto, pasta, parmesan and cracked pepper.
For more complex options you can try adding:
The pesto brings great flavour to the dish and the herby, garlicky parmesan taste matches so well with a variety of simple additions.
Optional extras for this dish are spinach, rocket, cooked pumpkin pieces or mushrooms!
How much pesto do you put in pasta?
You need a good few spoons of pesto for your pasta.
For a recipe that serves 4 people, I like to use 1 cup of pesto.
My pesto recipes on the blog each make one cup of pesto, but if you want to use store bought pesto, then keep about 2-3 tablespoons per person in mind as how much you will need.
Bacon Pesto Pasta ingredients
We use simple, easy to find ingredients for this recipe. The photo below shows you what you need:
As you can see, we have:
- pasta (use your favourite)
- pesto (any flavour works)
- parmesan cheese
I've used fresh, homemade rocket pesto for this recipe. But it will work for any pesto you like!
Green Pesto Pasta recipe
This green pesto pasta recipe already brings greens to the plate with the herbs in the pesto.
If we start adding additional ingredients to this pasta, it will increase the prep and cook time.
When you want dinner in a hurry, our goal is to minimise both of them.
You can check out how to make pesto and some flavour and pasta combinations in the pesto recipes collection.
How to make Bacon Pasta with Pesto
The photos below are the 4 steps needed for this recipe. They are each very easy!
- Fry off the bacon for a couple of mins to cook (Photo 1)
- Cook pasta, drain and add to cooked bacon (Photo 2)
- Stir bacon and pasta together to combine(Photo 3)
- Add pesto to bacon and pasta and stir to combine(Photo 4)
I use pre-diced bacon as it makes the prep time on this pasta minimal! Perfect for quick, after dinner nights!
If you want to purchase bacon rashers and diced them (finely cut) yourself, that is fine too. This meal is all about fast meal prep and getting dinner on the table quickly and easily.
Basil Pesto Pasta recipe quick info:
About the recipe:
- we only need 5 ingredients for this recipe!
- homemade or store bought pesto is fine!
- use your favourite type of pasta
- parmesan cheese adds texture and flavour
FAQs about Pesto Pasta with Bacon
- we cook the bacon and the pasta separately and then combine
- this is a green pesto pasta recipe
- I use curly pasta
- you need approx 2 tbs pesto per person
- 1 cup of pesto is needed to serve 4
Your quick questions answered:
- This is a quick and easy recipe
- This recipe is FREEZER FRIENDLY
- This is an EASY recipe
These tips are to help you master this recipe from the 1st time you make it:
- make your pesto in advance and store in the fridge for quick meal prep (homemade pesto)
- pre diced bacon will cook in 3 -4 mins on the stove
- no oil is needed to cook the bacon
- cook the pasta at the same time as the bacon to save total cook time
The pesto is a great change to a traditional Italian pasta sauce!
You can add a little bit of cream to make it a creamy bacon pesto pasta!
Easy Pasta recipes
For no fuss dinner ideas, try the following recipes:
- Artichoke Spaghetti
- Instant Pot Penne Pasta
- Blue Cheese Mac and Cheese
- Ground Beef Casserole
- Tuna Pasta Bake
- Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese
- Rocket Pesto Pasta
- Creamy Mushroom Tagliatelle
For something different, make an olive tapenade and stir that through cooked pasta for a quick meal!
Bacon Pesto Pasta
- Sauce pan
- Fry pan or (French Pan)
Bacon Pesto Pasta
- 500 grams pasta Note 1
- 1 cup pesto Note 2
- 600 grams bacon Note 3
- parmesan cheese to garnish
- cracked pepper to garnish
Bacon Pesto Pasta
- Cook pasta according to packet instructions then set aside
- Use a fry pan or heavy based pan at a medium heat to fry off the bacon for 3-4 mins until cooked
- Add cooked pasta to the bacon and stir to combine
- Spoon pesto into the bacon pasta and stir to combine. Allow to heat through.
- Top with parmesan cheese and parsley
- Note 1 This is a flexible recipe which will work with your favourite pasta! I used curly pasta for this recipe.
- Note 2 You can use homemade pesto, store bought jarred pesto (pasta section of store) or dip pesto (cold section, with the dips), each will work perfectly and there is no right or wrong.
- Note 3 You can purchase bacon rashers and dice or you can use diced bacon. If you want to save time, I recommend diced bacon.
Pesto Pasta ideas
Alright my friends, it is official, this recipe has to be the easiest, fuss free dinner recipe on the blog!
I know you want quick meals. I know you want easy meals. Let's make them fuss free dinners.
I'm not going to be offended if you make the recipe and use store bought pesto, cause you know what, sometimes I do that too!
You've got the whole bacon, cheesy, delicious thing going on with this recipe and pasta with bacon and cheese is going to be your new best friend.
Let me know if you have any questions, I would love to hear your feedback in the comments below.