Bacon Spinach Pasta for #SundaySupper

by Renee on September 22, 2013

Bacon Spinach Pasta | Magnolia Days

A gentle breeze blows as I am mowing the lawn. It’s a pleasant and sunny day with a bright blue sky. Leaves are dotted around the yard. Each pass with the mower cleans up what has fallen although only for a few moments. More leaves float down and dance in the wind. Specks of yellow in the landscape are becoming more visible. Soon trees will show their brilliant autumn colors. Fall has arrived and I’ve been waiting to make this bacon spinach pasta to kick off the season.

Tree shaped pasta in fall colors. How lucky I was to find it many weeks ago. It’s called “Abetini di Socchieve” and made by Zanier in Italy. There was one bag mixed in an assortment on a shelf in a store where I shop occasionally. The recipe works with other pasta like farfalle (bow ties) so you don’t need this particular one.

My food cravings change with the seasons. One thing I make each fall is a spinach salad with warm bacon dressing. It was the inspiration for this pasta. I started with the base of the bacon dressing and changed up a few things. I added garlic, used currants instead of cranberries, and wilted the spinach in it before tossing with the pasta, pine nuts, and bacon crumbles. The finished dish is a combo of flavors and textures of sweet, salty, crunchy, soft, earthy, nutty, and satisfying.

Bacon Spinach Pasta | Magnolia Days

What do you crave when autumn begins? Do you have a certain dish you make or search for new ones to try? If you are on a search then it is your lucky day because Sunday Supper bloggers are sharing oodles of recipes for fall foods. Scroll down to see the list below. Enjoy the season!

Bacon Spinach Pasta

45 minutes

Makes 3 or 4 servings

Bacon Spinach Pasta

  • 8 ounces (dry weight) pasta
  • 4 slices bacon (regular thickness)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • Few grinds of fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup dried currants
  • 5 to 6 ounces fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • Parmeasan cheese for garnish (optional)

Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water to use if needed.

While pasta is cooking, prepare the remaining:

In a large sauté pan, cook the bacon over medium heat until brown and crispy. Transfer bacon to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Reserve fat in pan.

Remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool a few minutes. This will keep the shallots from frying and browning in the next step.

Return the pan to medium-low heat and add olive oil, thyme, and shallot. Cook until shallots are soft and translucent, about 3 minutes.

Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Add honey, vinegar, and pepper. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer for 3 minutes.

Add currants and remove pan from heat. Allow currants to soak in the pan and soften, about 5 minutes.

Return the pan to medium heat and add spinach. Cook spinach, tossing continuously, until spinach has wilted. Remove pan from heat.

Crumble or cut bacon into pieces. Add bacon pieces, pine nuts, and cooked pasta to the pan. Toss to coat pasta and combine ingredients. Add some reserved pasta water if needed.

Divide pasta among serving plates. Garnish with parmesan cheese if desired.

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Stacy September 22, 2013 at 2:23 am

What beautiful pasta, Renee! Just perfect for our Fall recipe theme. I love spinach salad with warm bacon dressing so I know I would love this dish!

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Renee September 23, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Thanks Stacy!

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Bea September 22, 2013 at 3:46 am

Oh, I need to find beautiful these pasta shapes, it is gorgeous. The dish sounds fantastic, delicious, perfect for this time of yea; I cannot wait to try it :)

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Renee September 23, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Thanks Bea. Good luck on finding the pasta. Good thing is you can use other one too. A nice tri-colored farfalle would be great.

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The Ninja Baker September 22, 2013 at 4:41 am

Your pasta is a beautiful homage to autumn, Renee. So clever of you, too, to transform your standby spinach salad and warm dressing into this fabulous dish!

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Renee September 23, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Thanks Kim! Now I’m torn between which one is my favorite. I supposed I’ll choose which one to make depending on what I’m in the mood to eat – pasta or salad.

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Micha @ Cookin' Mimi September 22, 2013 at 7:23 am

Beautiful dish. I love bacon and spinach together and I imagine it would be spectacular with pasta.

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Renee September 23, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Thanks Micha

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Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious September 22, 2013 at 8:12 am

Hot Spinach Salad! LOVE!

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Renee September 23, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Thanks Dorothy

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Family Foodie September 22, 2013 at 8:15 am

Bacon, Spinach and Pasta all in one bite? Oh yes please!
Where did you find that shape pasta. I love it!

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Renee September 23, 2013 at 3:21 pm

I found the pasta at HomeGoods.

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Marjory @ Dinner-Mom September 22, 2013 at 8:22 am

Such a beautiful fall pasta dish. The tri-color pasta and fun shapes really make it stand out!

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Renee September 23, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Thanks Marjory

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Jen @JuanitasCocina September 22, 2013 at 8:33 am

What a gorgeous pasta!!!

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Renee September 23, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Thanks Jen

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Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips September 22, 2013 at 9:18 am

I love the pasta! And I love that you turned a salad into a heartier dish.

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Renee September 23, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Thank you Brianne. Sometimes I want more than a salad and this did the trick.

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Carla September 22, 2013 at 9:30 am

Mmm love bacon and spinach together! Can’t wait to make this one of my after-work dinners.

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Renee September 23, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Thanks Carla. You should have plenty for a few days (unless you share with someone).

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes September 22, 2013 at 9:48 am

Not only is the sauce incredible (I mean, pine nuts, wine, raisins?!) but that tree shaped pasta blows my mind Renee! The ultimate fall pasta dish!

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Renee September 23, 2013 at 3:24 pm

I thought you might like this since you love pasta so much. Oh, and it is wonderful as leftovers too.

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Susan September 22, 2013 at 9:59 am

So simple, but so delicious as well and comforting – just like fall!

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Renee September 23, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Thanks Susan

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Roz September 22, 2013 at 10:23 am

What a beautiful way to describe the first day of autumn, Renee! With an equally beautiful and delicious pasta recipe to celebrate the season!

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Renee September 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Thanks Roz!

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Martin D. Redmond September 22, 2013 at 10:34 am

Ah yes…two of my favorite things in the world together (which isn’t often) bacon and spinach! Fabulous recipe Renee!

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Renee September 23, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Thank you Martin and I can’t wait to make this again and serve it with your wine recommendation.

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Constance Smith @FoodieArmyWife September 22, 2013 at 10:58 am

Oh my, this recipe looks great and those pasta noodles are adorable!

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Renee September 23, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Thanks Conni

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Nicole September 22, 2013 at 11:25 am

Renee, those little shapes. I just love them, but beyond that, this pasta sounds perfect for a chilly fall night and will be on my to make list very soon! Love spinach.. pair it with bacon and I’m sold.

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Renee September 23, 2013 at 3:34 pm

I love the combo of bacon and spinach too. Plus the healthy part of the spinach balances out the bacon part.

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Kim@Treats & Trinkets September 22, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Ohmigoodness, that pasta is adorable! I love pasta, I love spinach, and I love bacon. This sounds like the perfect dish!

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Renee September 23, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Thanks Kim

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Elisabeth September 22, 2013 at 3:40 pm

What’s better than bacon + pasta? Nothing I can think of!

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Renee September 23, 2013 at 3:32 pm

So true Elisabeth, so very true.

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Karen Hartzell (@InTheKitchenKP) September 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm

I have a weakness for warm bacon dressing. This looks amazing, and to be honest, you had me at BACON!

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Renee September 23, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Go team bacon!

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Liz September 22, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Renee, what a stunning pasta dish…I have a feeling there will be a rush on that unique pasta shape :) This recipe would go over well at my house….thanks!!

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Renee September 23, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I wish I could tell everyone where to get that particular pasta but unfortunately I found it at HomeGoods and what they have varies from store to store and day to day.

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Heather @girlichef September 22, 2013 at 6:24 pm

I love spinach salad w/ warm bacon dressing, Renee – what a fabulous idea to put the flavors into a pasta dish. So comforting…just the perfect way to welcome Fall!

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Renee September 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Thanks Heather

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Betsy @ Desserts Required September 22, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Renee,

I crave hearty soups in the Fall. Here in South Florida, we may not see signs of the season yet, but that will not stop me from making this pasta. It looks delicious and I love your story as well.

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Renee September 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm

I start craving soups too. It doesn’t really get cool here in Georgia until mid to late October though.

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Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba) September 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm

That pasta is ADORABLE, and I know my mom would go for the whole thing in a heartbeat too

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Renee September 23, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Then you should make it for your mom soon (and you get to enjoy it too).

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Velva September 22, 2013 at 8:10 pm

I am welcoming the cooler weather and the comforting food. Love the pasta shape and the dish.

Happy Fall.

Velva

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Renee September 23, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Happy Fall to you too Velva.

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers September 22, 2013 at 9:05 pm

The pasta leaves are adorable and your whole dish sounds and looks amazing!! Sure hit for everyone!!

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Renee September 23, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Thanks Jennifer

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Alida September 22, 2013 at 9:55 pm

This pasta is just beautiful and so perfect for Fall. I bet the currants and bacon are a delicious combination, along with the spinach and everything else!

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Renee September 23, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Yes, the currants and bacon are a wonderful combo. I thought of using cranberries first but I’m glad I decided on currants.

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Jaime September 23, 2013 at 6:25 am

Hi Renee! Oh these are the cutest pasta shapes!! It’s making me excited about autumn! :-)

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Renee September 23, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Thanks Jaime and it made me excited about autumn too.

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Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) September 23, 2013 at 10:19 am

That is the prettiest pasta I’ve ever seen! And the colors are so apropos!

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Renee September 23, 2013 at 3:27 pm

I’m such a sucker for pretty pasta too. I look for it everywhere. It makes pasta dishes even better.

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Courtney @ Neighborfood September 23, 2013 at 11:52 am

I’ve had that spinach salad before and it’s the bomb! I love that you made it into a pasta. And how ADORABLE is that pasta?!

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Renee September 23, 2013 at 3:26 pm

The pasta is seriously adorable. You can see why I had to get it.

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Angie | Big Bears Wife September 23, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Bacon Spinach Pasta! I adore this recipe! Oh and that tree shaped pasta?! How perfect!

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Renee September 23, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Thanks Angie!

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Cindys Recipes and Writings September 24, 2013 at 6:17 am

I love the color combo too, perfect for fall, Renee!

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Renee September 25, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Thanks Cindy

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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) September 25, 2013 at 12:10 pm

such pretty and tasty looking pasta!

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Renee September 25, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Thanks so much Kayle

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Jennie @themessybakerblog September 25, 2013 at 2:21 pm

That is the cutest pasta ever. This dish sounds delish.

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Renee September 28, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Thanks Jennie!

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Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies September 25, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Mmmm… warm bacon dressing!

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Renee September 28, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Oh yea! Go team bacon!

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Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere September 25, 2013 at 4:50 pm

I love that pasta! This dish sounds amazing (as does your spinach salad). Definatly one for us to try this fall!

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Renee September 28, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Thanks Sarah

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Nancy @ gottagetbaked September 26, 2013 at 8:15 pm

I’m craving your delicious pasta dish now, Renee! It’s full of every tasty ingredient I love to eat: bacon, pasta, spinach and garlic. Wow! The pasta is pretty darn adorable too.

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Renee September 28, 2013 at 2:18 pm

I ate the pasta for days. It was so good and fun since it is shaped like trees.

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sunithi September 26, 2013 at 11:19 pm

So colorful and pretty. Love the flavors in this dish.

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Renee September 28, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Thanks Sue

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Kalamity Kelli September 28, 2013 at 3:36 pm

This sounds so good and Wow! I love that pasta!!

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Renee September 30, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Thanks Kelli

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Anne @ Webicurean September 29, 2013 at 11:56 am

I love the shape of the pasta! What a great idea–wilted spinach salad is so yummy, of course it would be delicious combined with pasta!

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Renee September 30, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Thanks Anne. And I could eat spinach just about any way and on any day.

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Kim Bee September 29, 2013 at 4:22 pm

I love pasta. Cute pasta even more so.

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Renee September 30, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Yep, those different and cute pasta shapes sure can make a dish.

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