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This bacon tomato pasta recipe uses a handful of everyday ingredients and is super quick and simple to make! The creamy garlic sauce is decadent and delicious.

bacon tomato pasta on a plate

Bacon and fresh tomatoes in a cream sauce are such a good combo. I was inspired by my Shrimp and Bacon Pasta, but I wanted something even simpler (and without the shrimp, obviously). The tomatoes lighten the dish up a bit as they soften and release their juices into the cream sauce.

Aside from the taste of this recipe (I polished off a good half of it all by myself), the best part for me is how straightforward this dish is. This is one of those recipes where after a long day/week/year it’s nice to just come home and throw it all together. I feel this will be my new go-to when I am craving a creamy pasta dish! 

creamy tomato bacon pasta in a skillet with tongs (ready to be tossed)

Recipe notes & tips:

  • I don’t recommend subbing the heavy cream for anything like half-and-half or milk because the acidity of the sauce and high heat it’s cooked over could curdle it pretty easily. With that said, you’re welcome to experiment. You may need to add an additional thickener like flour or cornstarch to get the results you want.
  • I used bucatini pasta for this recipe (see photos), and where has it been all my life?! It’s not a shape I normally buy, but since I love spaghetti so much, I am surprised I haven’t been buying it. Anyway, use spaghetti or whatever shape you’ve got on hand. I like long noodles for this particular dish, though.
  • Add some red pepper flakes if you want a little heat.
  • You could try making this with grape/cherry tomatoes… I would use a handful of them and cook them until they burst.

close-up of creamy tomato and bacon pasta

What to serve with creamy bacon tomato pasta:

Try a side salad (use my Caesar dressing to make the best Caesar salad) or some garlic bread.

Other bacon & pasta recipes to try:

bacon and tomato pasta in a skillet with a wedge of parmesan and a cheese grater beside it

I hope you’ll love this tomato and bacon pasta recipe! Questions? Leave me a comment below. Be sure to tag me #saltandlavender on Instagram if you make one of my recipes.

bacon tomato pasta on a plate
5 from 11 votes

Creamy Bacon Tomato Pasta

This bacon tomato pasta recipe uses a handful of everyday ingredients and is super quick and simple to make! The creamy garlic sauce is decadent and delicious.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 8 ounces uncooked pasta (I used bucatini)
  • 6 strips bacon cut into small pieces
  • 1-2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 medium tomato cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup heavy/whipping cream
  • 1 dash Italian seasoning
  • Pepper to taste
  • Garnish: freshly grated parmesan cheese to taste

Instructions 

  • Boil a salted pot of water for your pasta.
  • Meanwhile, cut the bacon into small pieces (I like using kitchen shears for this) and add it to a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the bacon until crispy (about 7-10 minutes).
  • Spoon out excess fat (leave about 1 tablespoon in there).
  • Add the garlic to the skillet and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Stir in the tomato, cream, and Italian seasoning. Let it bubble for 5 minutes or so until the sauce has reduced to your liking (turn the heat down if it starts to furiously boil). It's not a super thick sauce, but it should be thick enough that it coats the back of a spoon.
  • Drain the pasta, add it to the skillet, and toss with the sauce (add a bit of the hot pasta water prior to draining it if the sauce gets too thick for your liking). You can either add the parmesan at this step and toss the whole thing or grate some over top of each bowl. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Serves 2-4. If you've got 4 super hungry people and aren't serving it with anything else, I recommend doubling the recipe. 
  • The bacon is pretty salty, so you may not need to add extra salt to this recipe.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

Nutrition

Calories: 509kcal, Carbohydrates: 46g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 31g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Cholesterol: 83mg, Sodium: 241mg, Potassium: 298mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 912IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 48mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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42 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made this exactly as written and it was super easy and absolutely delicious, even without the cheese! Really appreciate having a great, super quick pasta recipe that uses pantry staples! Thank you!

    1. 5 stars
      This is delicious. I used fresh cherry tomatoes, and it came out beautifully. So easy to make with bits from the fridge and satisfying to eat. Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    This was really good and super simple to make. I liked the no fuss simplicity to this because I find recipes that I’m really excited about but when I get lazy I just end up ordering take out ( which isn’t a bad thing if it’s in moderation but if you do it more frequently like me that’s a different story) I added some chopped sun dried tomatoes just to kick it up a notch and it was so good! I didn’t have bucatini so I just used spaghetti and it turned out great.

    1. Hi! For this recipe, the bacon stays in the pan for the entire time. No need to take it out of the pan and add it back in if that’s what you’re wondering. πŸ™‚

  3. I made this for my family of 7 and everyone was wowed! I added sliced mushrooms and used Penne pasta (it’s what I had on hand. One of my kids said “it feels like we are eating at a fancy restaurant!” I thought that was high praise. Thank you for helping make a great family meal enjoyed by all!

  4. 5 stars
    I loved this recipe and so did my family! I threw in some spinach and it was great. I am so happy I found your blog. The recipes are so simple but also diverse and delicious. Thank you!

  5. Hi again! πŸ˜‰
    This looks like a dish that’ll be a hit and I can adjust the sauce amount to make more from the excess bacon grease!
    All easily accessible ingredients and simple to make as a side or as the main by adding a few more vegetables I have on hand.
    It also looks like it this will go great with the honey salmon recipe you have posted.
    You’ve inspired me to cook again after not doing so since my chef-husband passed away recently. Thank You so much

    1. Hi! Yes… you can definitely play around with this one. πŸ™‚ I’m so sorry to hear about your husband’s passing. I’m glad that I’ve inspired you to cook… your comment means a lot to me.

  6. 5 stars
    This was FANTASTIC!!! I made it for supper last night and the young people gave it a two thumbs up, which means I can make it again! We never had bucatini pasta but I’m so glad I found it because it was just perfect! Easy to make, elegant and flavorful!

  7. 5 stars
    Every recipe I’ve tried from Salt & Lavender has been a win and this is no exception. Perfect, easy and quick comfort dish for a Friday evening. I only had a few fresh grape tomatoes so I cut those up and also added a can of diced petite tomatoes. We were fighting over who got to eat the leftovers Saturday afternoon, and it was just as good day 2!

    1. I’m so happy that it was a hit and you were able to adapt it! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, Joanna! πŸ™‚