15 Minute Bacon & Tomato Pasta, 4 points+

by DanicasDaily on October 11, 2014

Happy Saturday all!  This is one of the recipes that I fell in love with this summer.  There are 3 words that will get me to try almost any recipe —> Bacon + Tomatoes + Pasta! What’s not to love right?  But, wait, it gets even better….this literally takes less than 20 minutes to make and I guarantee everyone will be telling you that you are an awesome Italian Chef and asking you when you can make this amazing dish again.  Ok, maybe I exaggerate a little bit….but, it really is just that dang good.

The one word of caution I’d give you all is go ahead and make up more than the 8 slices of bacon this recipe calls for because you know you will be stealing the crumbles (hoping nobody notices) before the bacon gets tossed with the pasta, parmesan and basil. 

I have been known to spend my time at the grocery store flipping through as many magazines as I can before I have to check out.  Lucky for me, I saw a recipe for a BLT Skillet and thought – what a great idea and here is my healthy spin on this simple, tasty pasta dish! 




  • 8 ounces whole wheat or multi-grain linguine
  • 8 slices center cut bacon
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup pasta water, reserved
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 cup parmesan shredded
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • Sea salt and Black Pepper to taste


1. Cook pasta according to packaged instructions in salted water. 

2. In a large nonstick skillet, cook bacon until crispy.  Remove from pan, crumble into pieces and set aside.  Remove all but 1 Tbsp. of the bacon drippings from the pan.  Add the tomatoes and garlic, cooking 2 – 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

3. To the pan, add the bacon, lemon juice, lemon zest, cooked linguine, 1/2 cup reserved pasta water, basil and parmesan.  Gently toss everything together.  Season to taste with sea salt and black pepper. Dive in!

Makes 6 heaping 1 1/4 cups servings, 4 points+ or Simply Filling + 1 WPA

Nutritional information per serving calculated at caloriecount.com



Thank you all for the nice emails, comments, etc. on my last post regarding my dad and life this past year.  You helped me see the legacy he left us with the garden he built when I had not really thought of it that way before. I am truly lucky to have such amazing friends that take time to let me know it.  Your messages mean more than you know.  OK, I’ll stop being sappy there and finish with my usual…..

Night all!


Finding My New Normal

October 7, 2014

Happy Tuesday all! This year has been quite the year and while I love the Fall Season (actually from October – December as I think everyone is happier this time of year!), I have to say I am definitely ready for 2015.  Is it too early to say that?  I have started and stopped this […]

Read the full article →

One Shaky Week

August 31, 2014

Happy Long Weekend All!  This past week has been one of the craziest yet since we have lived in the Bay Area. We have felt a few Earth Quakes here and there, but, nothing as intense as the Napa Earth Quake last Sunday. It literally felt like our house was lifted off the ground, we […]

Read the full article →

The Beer Brats in a Blanket Giveaway Winner is

August 23, 2014

Happy Weekend all!  Thank you to all of you who share your ideas for Cooking With Beer and participated in my Beer Brats in Beer Bread Giveaway.  It was fun to read all your ideas and I definitely have some new ways I plan on using beer when I cook. THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE A […]

Read the full article →

Blueberry Oat Muffin Recipe, 4 points+

August 20, 2014

One thing I absolutely love about summer is the fresh organic blueberries I can find at my local farmers market.  I am super pick about my berries though – they have to be firm and pop when you bite into them.  Once they get soft, I never want to eat them straight up and I […]

Read the full article →

The Herby Can-It-Forward Giveaway Winner is…

August 20, 2014

Happy Wednesday all!  Thank you to all of you who not only participated in this year’s International Can-It-Forward Day, but, to those who participated in my Herby Can-It-Forward Giveaway.  I have no doubt that these new Ball Herb Products are totally going to hook the winner on “herb preserving” every way imaginable just as they […]

Read the full article →

Beer Brats in a Blanket + a Giveaway!

August 17, 2014

Happy Sunday all!  How many of you knew that yesterday was National Bratwurst Day and it also happened to be The Husband’s birthday?!  Being the funny guy he is, he was like, I always knew my birthday was associated with some type of “hot dog”.  I think I’ve told you all of his love for […]

Read the full article →

Danicasdaily.com is not meant to be a substitute for any professional advice, guidance, or counseling. Any information contained on this site reflect Danica's experience and is not intended to take the place of medical advice from a physician. Weight Watchers® and PointsPlus® are registered trademarks of Weight Watchers International, Inc. The number of Points+ provided for food on this site was calculated by Danica based on published Weight Watchers information. This site does not imply sponsorship or endorsement by Weight Watchers International, Inc. Danica does not guarantee the Points+ information is correct. I am not associated with Weight Watchers and they have not endorsed this site. I highly recommend joining WW and attending regular meetings as a way to successfully lose weight.

Site Designed by: Zesty Blog Consulting