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pasta with bacon and spinach

Quick Pasta with Bacon and Spinach

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Course: Main
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Lorena Salinas from Cravings Journal


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ small yellow onion chopped in small cubes
  • 75 g sliced pancetta or bacon diced
  • 2 garlic cloves ground, finely grated or puréed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 100 g baby spinach well washed and chopped
  • 50 g parmesan cheese freshly and finely grated
  • 200 g pasta I used spaghetti


  • Pre heat a pan over medium heat. At the same time, fill a large pot with water and salt and bring it to a boil for the pasta. Once it boils, cook the pasta.
  • Add the olive oil, onion, pancetta and cook them until the onion goes soft, smells sweet and everything starts to become golden.
  • Add the garlic cloves and stir constantly. I used confit garlic but you can use fresh as well. Add salt and pepper to taste. If your pasta still needs a bit more time to cook, turn off the heat to wait for it.
  • Once the pasta is very al dente (it will finish cooking in the pan), turn on the pan again and add it to the pancett and onion.
  • Along with the pasta, add the spinach and parmesan cheese as well as about a cup of the pasta water. This water has a bit of flour and helps us bind everything together.
  • Mix everything together and let it all come together over the heat. Once ready, serve immediately with grated parmesan cheese.
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