Super Easy, Super Yummy Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Bacon

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This simple dish is loaded with flavor and is one of my favorite go-to meals when I’m in a hurry to put supper on the table. And it’s one of Jimmie’s picks at least once a month. Whenever I find sun-dried tomatoes on sale Buy One, Get One (BOGO), I usually pick up 6 bags to get us through until the next sale.pasta-with-sun-dried-tomatoes-bacon-culinary-craftiness

The inspiration came from a long ago episode of Giada De Laurentiis. It was too easy not to give it a try, and while I didn’t have all of her exact ingredients on hand, you know me well enough by now to know what I did. I pulled a few things from my pantry and winged it. 😀

Pasta with Bacon & Sun-dried Tomatoes

1 (16 oz.) box any type of pasta, such as penne, bowtie, or radiatore
2 tbsp. light olive oil
2 heaping tbsp. jarred minced garlic (optional)
2 bags of smoked, julienned sun-dried tomatoes
1 bag of real bacon bits (or bacon, fried and crumbled)
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
Dried or fresh parsley (optional)
Salt & pepper to taste

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling, salted water until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, but don’t drain.

Meanwhile, blend the sun-dried tomatoes, oil, and garlic (optional) in a food processor and blend until the tomatoes are finely chopped. Or not! You don’t have to chop up the tomatoes if you prefer chunkier bites.

In a large skillet, stir the tomatoes and oil until heated through. Add bacon and stir in the Parmesan. Remove from heat. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Butt the pasta pot up to the skillet and using a spider or large slotted spoon, transfer the pasta to the skillet. Add a little of the pasta water  to moisten everything. Stir to coat.

Top each dish with a little extra grated Parmesan and parsley (optional). Serve with a nice salad and garlic bread, if desired.

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Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Bacon

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Serves 4-6

Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Bacon

Created by Melissa Woolard | Culinary Craftiness

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 oz.) box any type of pasta, such as penne, bowtie, or radiatore
  • 2 tbsp. light olive oil
  • 2 heaping tbsp. jarred minced garlic (optional)
  • 2 bags of smoked, julienned sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 bag of real bacon bits (or bacon, fried and crumbled)
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • Dried or fresh parsley (optional)
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling, salted water until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, but don't drain.
  2. Meanwhile, blend the sun-dried tomatoes, oil, and garlic (optional) in a food processor and blend until the tomatoes are finely chopped. Or not! You don’t have to chop up the tomatoes if you prefer chunkier bites.
  3. In a large skillet, stir the tomatoes and oil until heated through. Add bacon and stir in the Parmesan. Remove from heat. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Butt the pasta pot up to the skillet and using a spider or large slotted spoon, transfer the pasta to the skillet. Add a little of the pasta water to moisten everything. Stir to coat.
  5. Top each dish with a little extra grated Parmesan and parsley (optional). Serve with a nice salad and garlic bread, if desired.
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