Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon

I make this recipe on a regular basis and it is delicious! Another substitution I make on my low GI diet is I use whole wheat pasta instead of regular. The only thing that is really unhealthy here is the bacon but you can pick that out if you need to. Cooking it all together still gives it a great flavor of bacon. I love this recipe mostly because my husband likes it. It is really hard to be on a special diet when others in the household don’t have to, so this one instantly went into the rotation.


1-12 ounce package of whole wheat penne pasta

2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil or regular olive oil, divided into two

6 slices of bacon (you can use turkey bacon for a healthier alternative)

2 tablespoons of minced garlic

1-14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes (sometimes I will use tomato sauce instead)

1 bunch fresh spinach rinsed and torn into bite sized pieces


1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted (I use sea salt) water to a boil. Add the penne pasta and cook according to package directions (usually 8-10 minutes).

2. While bringing water to a boil, heat 1 tablespoon of your oil in a skillet, add bacon and cook until it is nicely crisp and browned. Do NOT drain the bacon grease. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes and cook until heated through.

3. Put the spinach in the bottom of the colander and drain the pasta over it after it is done so it will wilt. Put it into a large serving bowl with the bacon/tomato mixture.

Serve and enjoy!

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