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Garlic Bacon Pasta

This Bacon Parmesan Pasta is made with plenty of cheese, garlic and yes, bacon too and it comes together in under 20 minutes!
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: bacon pasta, parmesan pasta
Servings: 4
Calories: 711kcal
Author: Erin


  • 1 lb. spaghetti noodles or pasta of choice
  • 4 slices bacon chopped
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • ¾ cup pasta water
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes or more to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook pasta over stovetop as you normally would.
  • Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large skillet, then use a slotted spoon to remove it, leaving the bacon grease in the skillet and leaving the skillet over medium-low heat. Add oil and butter to the skillet. Once butter has melted, add the garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  • Then, add the water and HALF of the parmesan cheese and stir until cheese has melted; then, stir in the rest of the cheese. Turn heat down to low and add the salt and pepper and TWO pieces of cooked bacon into the skillet and stir.
  • Next, add the pasta into the skillet and use tongs until the pasta is coated with the sauce. If the sauce seems to be getting too hot, remove the skillet from the heat (you want the sauce to thicken a bit but you don't want the cheese to burn!).
  • To serve: place pasta on a plate, top it with extra salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and the remaining cooked bacon (and extra shredded parmesan, if you wish).


*Calories are per serving and are an estimation
*Can use your favorite kind of pasta noodle and/or gluten free pasta 


Calories: 711kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 474mg | Potassium: 293mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 557IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 308mg | Iron: 2mg