Bacon 'n' tomato toss

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10 min


4 to 5 servings

* PLUS Cooking time: 8 minutes


  • 1/2 450-g pkg penne or rotini pasta , about 2 cups
  • 2 cup frozen peas
  • 5 slices bacon
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes , or 3 coarsely chopped large plum tomatoes
  • 3 green onions
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup grated old cheddar , or your favourite grated full-flavoured cheese


  • Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions, 8 to 10 minutes. Add peas to pasta water just at the end of cooking and before draining noodles. You will also need to save 1/2 cup (125 mL) pasta water to add to sauce.
  • Meanwhile, slice bacon into 1/2-inch (1-cm) pieces. Slice cherry tomatoes in half. Slice onions into 1/2-inch (1-cm) pieces. Place a large wide saucepan over medium heat. Add bacon. Stir occasionally until crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove to a paper towel. Pour off all but 1 teaspoon (5 mL) fat from saucepan. Add tomatoes. Sprinkle with salt. Using a wooden spoon, scrape up and stir in any brown bits from pan bottom to add flavour. Stir often until tomatoes soften, 4 minutes. Ladle out the 1/2 cup (125 mL) pasta water. Stir into tomato mixture in saucepan. Turn off heat.
  • Drain pasta and peas. Add to tomato mixture. Sprinkle in onions, bacon and cheese. Stir to coat. Serve with a leafy green salad.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 363,
  • Protein
  • 16.7 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 43.9 g,
  • Fat
  • 13.3 g,
  • Fibre
  • 4.9 g,
  • Sodium
  • 1026 mg.

This is a full-flavoured dish packed with juicy tomatoes and vibrant peas. It’s a refreshing change from the heavily sauced pasta dishes we crave in cooler months.

Ham it up

Instead of bacon, try chopped cooked ham. Add to saucepan with tomatoes.