Have you ever paired BLT with pasta? If you haven’t yet, then you’ve got to try this pasta. This is my go to pasta when I need a pick me up and one of our favorite comfort foods. There are different versions of BLT Pasta but I like the combination of crisp bacon, roasted tomatoes and pesto.
I used fettuccine because I had it on hand, but another pasta would work just as well. For the 1 box of pasta I added 6 slices of bacon, 2 cups of cherry tomatoes, spinach or arugula pesto, 1/2 onion, parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar and olive oil, plus salt and pepper.
I like to give it a stir with a wooden spoon and the bacon pieces will separate and cook evenly into crisp little bite size pieces. Once they are cooked remove the bacon pieces to a plate lined with a paper towel.
Once your pasta is cooked and drained, add everything to a large bowl. Using tongs, gently toss the pesto, tomatoes, onions, bacon and parmesan cheese in with the pasta. If the pesto cheese mix starts to stick and clump, just add a bit of pasta water.
BLT Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes
1 (1 lb) box of Fettuccini or pasta of choice
2 cups Cherry Tomatoes
1/2 Onion, sliced julienne
2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
6 slices Bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/3 cup Pesto such as Arugula Pesto or Spinach Pesto
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place cherry tomatoes and sliced onions on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil. Whisk together the balsamic vinegar and olive oil and pour over the tomatoes and onions; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast in 400 degree oven for 10 minutes until tomatoes are just about bursting.
Cook bacon pieces in a skillet over medium high heat stirring often. Cook until pieces are crisp, remove from skillet and transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel.
Prepare pasta according to package directions. Save out 1/2 cup of pasta water before draining pasta. In a large bowl, add pasta, bacon, tomatoes and onions, pesto, and parmesan cheese. Gently toss the pasta to incorporate all the ingredients. Salt and pepper to taste.
Note** If the pesto and cheese clumps while tossing the ingredients into the pasta, add a little warm pasta water to help loosen it.