Bacon Spinach Pasta for #SundaySupper

Bacon Spinach Pasta | Magnolia DaysA 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
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Yield: Makes 3 or 4 servings
  • 8 ounces (dry weight) pasta
  • 4 slices bacon (regular thickness)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • ⅓ cup red wine vinegar
  • Few grinds of fresh ground pepper
  • ¼ cup dried currants
  • 5 to 6 ounces fresh baby spinach leaves
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts
  • Parmeasan cheese for garnish (optional)
  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water to use if needed.
  2. While pasta is cooking, prepare the remaining:
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Return the pan to medium-low heat and add olive oil, thyme, and shallot. Cook until shallots are soft and translucent, about 3 minutes.
  6. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  7. Add honey, vinegar, and pepper. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer for 3 minutes.
  8. Add currants and remove pan from heat. Allow currants to soak in the pan and soften, about 5 minutes.
  9. Return the pan to medium heat and add spinach. Cook spinach, tossing continuously, until spinach has wilted. Remove pan from heat.
  10. 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.
  11. Divide pasta among serving plates. Garnish with parmesan cheese if desired.

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  1. says

    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!

  2. says

    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 :)

    • says

      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.

  3. says

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

  4. says

    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.

  5. says

    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!!

    • says

      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.

  6. says

    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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