Most nights I have to keep things simple when  I cook at home for my family, especially on a busy weeknight when I can’t seem to catch a breath between driving my kids to sport practices or to a friend’s house.  In my mind I know I have to feed everyone but sometimes getting dinner to on table is stressful.  Like I-want-to-pull-out-all-of-my-hair stressful.

I love pasta dishes because they typically takes under 10 minutes to cook the pasta and you can throw in any other vegetables or meats you want.

This penne pasta recipe I’m sharing with you today is one of my favorites.  I often make it when I’m in a hurry.  I also like to add other ingredients like shrimp, chicken, zucchini, and asparagus.  Made with fresh spinach and thick bacon crumbles (two of my most favorite ingredients) you can easily make this for your family in under 20 minutes from start to finish -you got to love that!  Enjoy!

Recipe: Spinach Bacon Penne Pasta Recipe

Try this simple and quick pasta recipe with other ingredients like shrimp, chicken, zucchini, and asparagus.


  • 1 pound package whole grain penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 3 large handfuls fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper


  1. Prepare the penna pasta (al dente) according to the package directions.  Drain the cooked pasta but do not rinse.

  3. Heat the olive oil in a large sauce pan on medium heat.  Add the garlic and let it cook for half a minute.
  4. Stir in the pasta and the balsamic vinegar for one minute.  Add the bacon  and spinach.  Toss all the ingredients until the spinach begins to wilt.
  5. Turn off the heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese.  Season with salt and pepper.  Enjoy!

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4 Responses to “Spinach Bacon Penne Pasta”

  1. Aviva Goldfarb Aviva Goldfarb

    Simple, healthy and delicious–I love it!

  2. Natali

    This looks delicious! I will add it to my meal plan for the upcoming week- thank you! 🙂