Sun-Dried Tomato, Bacon & Spinach Penne

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"Easy recipe for weeknight dinner. The soaking time for the tomatoes is not reflected in the cook time."

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (316 g)
  • Calories 643.6
  • Total Fat - 18.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 6.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 124.2 mg
  • Sodium - 1988.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 75.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 10.4 g
  • Sugars - 1.1 g
  • Protein - 46 g
  • Calcium - 104 mg
  • Iron - 3.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 12.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.5 mg

Step 1

Pour 1 cup boiling water over sun-dried tomatoes and let soak for 15 minutes; drain, chop and set aside.

Step 2

Cook penne according to package instructions; drain and keep warm.

Step 3

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp.

Step 4

Do not discard bacon drippings.

Step 5

Add garlic and cook 1 more minute.

Step 6

Add mushrooms, spinach, onions, sun-dried tomatoes, basil and crushed red pepper flakes.

Step 7

Cook and stir for 5 - 6 minutes, until mushrooms and onions are tender.

Step 8

Toss bacon-vegetable with hot pasta until evenly distributed.

Step 9

Divide pasta between 4 serving dishes.

Step 10

Top each with freshly ground pepper and 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese.

Step 11

Sprinkle with parsley.

Step 12

Serve immediately.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Apart from using some of my own confit cherry tomato's in this recipe and also not using spinach, everything else was as per the recipe. And ohh what a wonderful recipe it was! So easy to prepare and the flavors really did surprise me. DH loved it and kept going back for more, then ate the last little bit right out of the pan and believe me he is one harsh critic, so it must have been good! Everything was on hand in the pantry or fridge which was an added bonus. We loved it, and I will be making this again.

review by:
(24 Mar 2020)

dienia b

Easy tastes great

review by:
(8 Apr 2019)


We so enjoyed this Pasta dish, one that surpasses any of the pricy restaurant offerings! The bacon and spinach added to this great tasting Pasta which was served with a green salad and homemade dressing.

review by:
(25 Nov 2017)


Delicious!Imposible to go wrowg with that combination of flavors.

review by:
(17 Jun 2016)


Excellent mixture of flavors...I cut back on the amount of penne but kept the rest of the ingredients the same...very filling...made for "Bill Board" tag game...

review by:
(6 Apr 2016)


Absolutely wonderful! I did use dried basil but otherwise made as directed. This makes a lot, so I may even have some for lunch tomorrow. Bet it would also be wonderful cold! thanks for sharing!

review by:
(4 Jan 2016)