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Bacon Pesto Pasta

by Adrianne

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! 

Bacon Pesto Pasta on a blue plate

Pesto recipes like our Basil and Cashew Pesto or Rocket and Cashew Pesto are perfect for stirring through pasta creating a tasty alternative to tomato spaghetti sauce. 

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


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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:

  • bacon
  • mushrooms
  • rocket 
  • spinach 
  • artichokes
  • shrimp/Prawns
  • chorizo
  • nuts

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:

Bacon Peso Pasta ingredients on marble background with text over lay

As you can see, we have:

  • pasta (use your favourite)
  • pesto (any flavour works)
  • bacon
  • parmesan cheese
  • pepper

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! 

Bacon Pesto Pasta method 1 to 4 with text over lay

  1. Fry off the bacon for a couple of mins to cook (Photo 1)
  2. Cook pasta, drain and add to cooked bacon (Photo 2)
  3. Stir bacon and pasta together to combine(Photo 3)
  4. 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.

Bacon Pesto Pasta on a blue plate with fork and spoon

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

  1. we cook the bacon and the pasta separately and then combine
  2. this is a green pesto pasta recipe
  3. I use curly pasta
  4. you need approx 2 tbs pesto per person
  5. 1 cup of pesto is needed to serve 4

Your quick questions answered:

  1. This is a quick and easy recipe
  2. This recipe is FREEZER FRIENDLY
  3. This is an EASY recipe

Bacon Pesto Pasta on a blue plate with parmesan cheese

Expert tips:

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

For a vegetarian pasta that is quick and easy like this recipe try the Artichoke Spaghetti!

Spoon of pasta held above bowl of bacon pasta

The pesto is a great change to a traditional Italian pasta sauce! 

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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:

  1. Artichoke Spaghetti
  2. Instant Pot Penne Pasta
  3. Blue Cheese Mac and Cheese
  4. Ground Beef Casserole
  5. Tuna Pasta Bake
  6. Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese
  7. Rocket Pesto Pasta
  8. Creamy Mushroom Tagliatelle

For something different, make an olive tapenade and stir that through cooked pasta for a quick meal! 

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Bacon Pesto Pasta

Bacon Pesto Pasta is an easy pasta recipe that is perfect any nice of the week! This simple bacon pasta tastes delicious and is a change from spagh bowl! 
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Australian, International
Keyword: bacon pesto pasta, pesto pasta
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Adrianne


  • 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. 
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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. 

Adrianne xx


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Andrea Metlika May 27, 2020 - 5:46 pm

5 stars
This pasta sounds so savory and delicious!

Adrianne May 27, 2020 - 8:57 pm

Thanks Andrea, appreciate your feedback.

Rachel May 27, 2020 - 5:50 pm

5 stars
Oh my gosh this has all my favorite flavors rolled into one! Love it!

Kathryn May 27, 2020 - 6:48 pm

5 stars
Love how easy this is. I’m a fan of anything with bacon!

kim May 27, 2020 - 7:42 pm

5 stars
This is fabulous! So flavorful and delicious! Will definitely be making again!

Rachael Stray May 27, 2020 - 7:46 pm

Yum sounds delicious!

Adrianne May 27, 2020 - 8:58 pm

Cheers Rachael and so easy too!

Jere Cassidy May 27, 2020 - 9:30 pm

5 stars
This pasta looks light with the pesto, I love the added bacon for some extra flavor.

Adrianne May 28, 2020 - 9:57 am

Thanks Jere! That is great feedback, cheers.

mimi rippee June 8, 2020 - 10:45 pm

wwow. those pasta pics are just beautiful. so enticing. I love what you’ve done here!!!

Adrianne June 9, 2020 - 8:29 am

Thanks Mimi, hope you are keeping well!! Cheers


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