This pasta recipe is so easy to make and so flavorful, you will want to make it part of your regular dinner routine. It is a great option for bacon lovers, and those who want something other than red sauce on their pasta.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the chopped bacon and onion in a skillet over medium heat, and cook and stir until the bacon is crisp and the onion is beginning to brown, about 10 minutes.

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  • While the bacon and onion are cooking, fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the penne, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain pasta, transfer to a large serving bowl, and stir in the olive oil to coat the pasta.

  • Drain the bacon grease from the skillet, leaving a couple of tablespoons or to taste. Stir the cooked bacon mixture into the pasta, and sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the pasta. Stir to mix in the cheese, and serve.

Cook's Note:

Add enough bacon grease to the pasta to get the consistency you want. If you drain all the grease, the pasta may be too dry. Additionally, the grease adds a lot of flavor.

Nutrition Facts

411.6 calories; 17.2 g protein; 45.5 g carbohydrates; 24.9 mg cholesterol; 508.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2010
We liked this A LOT! The only thing I think next time is that I will cook the onions seperately from the bacon. They didn't burn or anything, they just got a little darker than I would have liked. I think I will even cook a few cloves of minced garlic w/ the onions too! I added some garlic powder, salt, pepper and parsley for a little extra flavor/color. This was really tasty! Thanks for sharing. :) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/24/2010
I wasn't fond of this. My fiance had "dinner duty" tonight. I have been working late all week (rough week in general). I haven't had any energy to spend time in the kitchen but am sick of take-out (my fiance is too). I had all of the ingredients to make this handy and my fiance and I thought this sounded yummy so we decided to go for it. I must say (despite my mediocre review) this certainly was easy to put together and made for a quick weeknight meal. Unfortunately the end result was VERY dry - and BLAND!!! We even added more bacon grease than called for a few (fresh) garlic cloves and pepper (no salt b/c Parmesan is salty enough). Served bowls of pasta with sliced baugettes slathered with garlic butter (Denyse). The garlic butter was the best part of our meal lol! Although I don't think this is "terrible " I won't waste my time making it again. Thanks anyways SusieQ!:-) Read More
(11)
86 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 43
  • 4 star values: 29
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2010
We liked this A LOT! The only thing I think next time is that I will cook the onions seperately from the bacon. They didn't burn or anything, they just got a little darker than I would have liked. I think I will even cook a few cloves of minced garlic w/ the onions too! I added some garlic powder, salt, pepper and parsley for a little extra flavor/color. This was really tasty! Thanks for sharing. :) Read More
(54)
Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2010
We liked this A LOT! The only thing I think next time is that I will cook the onions seperately from the bacon. They didn't burn or anything, they just got a little darker than I would have liked. I think I will even cook a few cloves of minced garlic w/ the onions too! I added some garlic powder, salt, pepper and parsley for a little extra flavor/color. This was really tasty! Thanks for sharing. :) Read More
(54)
Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2010
Good as is but next time I might add to cooked penne some seeded cut up tomatoes making it a BPPT(bacon parm penne tom)also a bit of garlic powder. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2010
Really good and super easy. The only thing I added was a drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar. Everyone enjoyed this very much. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/24/2010
I wasn't fond of this. My fiance had "dinner duty" tonight. I have been working late all week (rough week in general). I haven't had any energy to spend time in the kitchen but am sick of take-out (my fiance is too). I had all of the ingredients to make this handy and my fiance and I thought this sounded yummy so we decided to go for it. I must say (despite my mediocre review) this certainly was easy to put together and made for a quick weeknight meal. Unfortunately the end result was VERY dry - and BLAND!!! We even added more bacon grease than called for a few (fresh) garlic cloves and pepper (no salt b/c Parmesan is salty enough). Served bowls of pasta with sliced baugettes slathered with garlic butter (Denyse). The garlic butter was the best part of our meal lol! Although I don't think this is "terrible " I won't waste my time making it again. Thanks anyways SusieQ!:-) Read More
(11)
Rating: 4 stars
07/02/2010
Recipe needs a bit more flavor. Suggestions: cook bacon separate from onions. Saute onions and added sliced garlic in olive oil. Salt & pepper. Chopped fresh parsley. And for the 1/4 cup olive oil use a Garlic Infused olive oil. (That's another recipe!) But on the whole the base recipe is a great start for a wonderfully flavorful dish. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/09/2011
This is a good recipe for a base. Instead of just leaving a couple of tablespoons of bacon grease I used all of it. Added italian seasonings season salt pepper basil thyme and garlic powder. Sometimes vegetables such as tomatoes or spinach. I cook the bacon and onions separately since it seems easier to get a crispy bacon that way. I also added some garlic to the onions. Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2016
1-12-2016 While I didn't measure and just chopped and cooked I know I used far less bacon than called for. A pound of bacon for a pound of pasta for me was bacon overload. For the 1/4 pound of pasta I cooked for the two of us two slices of bacon was just the right amount. I couldn't resist adding fresh minced garlic and it was a worthy addition. Once ready to serve it was clear it needed a fresh pop of color and some chopped fresh parsley did the trick. We really enjoyed this and Hubs either didn't notice or didn't mind the Parmesan he has always made clear he dislikes! Note: Don't worry if you don't have penne pasta on hand. Just about any type of pasta will work! Tonight for instance I used orecchiette (little ears). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2011
I made this as a side dish with baked pesto chicken it was so simple yet so good and as my husband always says...bacon makes everything better! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2011
This recipe is absolutely awesome! I added one can of Huntz diced tomatoes with garlic basil and oregano. I got rave reviews from everyone! Read More
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