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15 Min Meal: Spaghetti with Bacon, Chilli, Feta and Basil

When it comes to recipes, this is one of my all time favourite bacon recipes. It’s been on the blog since 2012 and I’ve been meaning to update it for months so imagine, that I’m now updating it due to unforeseen time at home.

Ironic that I have all the time in the world but it was difficult to find some ingredients but I learnt some ace substitutions as I was in a similar predicament a couple weeks ago while in Lanzarote for camp.

As long as you have some bacon, and some sort of pasta you’re good to make a very edible and tasty version of this Spaghetti with Bacon, Chilli, Feta and Basil recipe.


Here’s the image from my original 2012 post. I wanted to keep it as although the quality is poorer, the colours are more vibrant due to a full complement of fresh ingredients.

This bacon recipe is perfect for a quick dinner or lunch. It’s super simple to make big batch too and use for meal prep.


Spaghetti with Bacon, Chilli, Feta and Basil

Serves 2 |ready in 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 200g spaghetti
  • 4 slices bacon (cut into strips)
  • butter / olive oil
  • 100g feta (cut into cubes)
  • 1/2 red chilli (or to taste)
  • handful of basil leaves
  • lime zest
  • salt & pepper (to serve, if required)

Method 

  1. Boil the spaghetti as per the packet instructions
  2. Warm the butter / oil in a frying fan. Add the bacon strips and sliced chilli and fry gently until cooked.
  3. Toss the drained spaghetti into the pan with the bacon & chilli, add the basil leaves, feta and toss.
  4. Then add the magic ingredient …the lime zest
  5. Garnish with salt and pepper to serve

Modifications to this Bacon & Pasta Recipe

As I mentioned, if you can’t get hold of spaghetti, you can use pretty much any pasta you have available.

Whilst I was in Lanzarote, I couldn’t get hold of any fresh chillies or basil so I used ‘Cayena Guindilla’ (dried chilli cayenne peppers) and ‘Albahaca’ (dried basil) and the recipe still worked like a dream. The dried chilli was very, very potent though so don’t be too generous if you use them.

If you make in advance, or have leftovers you can just add the feta after you have heated it through fully.

Elle


Yield: Serves 2

Spaghetti with Bacon, Chilli, Feta and Basil

Spaghetti with Bacon, Chilli, Feta and Basil

This recipe is simple, quick and dleicious. Perfect for lunch or dinner and can be made ahead. Do not omit the lime zest though, I don't lknow how or why but that just takes theis recipe from good to great.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 200g spaghetti
  • 4 slices bacon (cut into strips)
  • 1tbsp butter / olive oil
  • 100g feta (cut into cubes)
  • 1/2 red chilli (or to taste)
  • handful of basil leaves
  • lime zest
  • salt & pepper (to serve, if required)

Instructions

  1. Boil the spaghetti as per the packet instructions
  2. Warm the butter / oil in a frying fan. Add the bacon strips and sliced chilli and fry gently until cooked.
  3. Toss the drained spaghetti into the pan with the bacon & chilli, add the basil leaves, feta and toss.
  4. Then add the magic ingredient ...the lime zest
  5. Garnish with salt and pepper to serve

Notes

If you can't get hold of spaghetti, you can use pretty much any pasta you have available.

Whilst I was in Lanzarote, I couldn't get hold of any fresh chillies or basil so I used 'Cayena Guindilla' (dried chilli cayenne peppers) and 'Albahaca' (dried basil) and the recipe still worked like a dream. The dried chilli was very, very potent though so don't be too generous if you use them.

If you make in advance, or have leftovers you can just add the feta after you have heated it through fully.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 650Total Fat: 41gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 1539mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 30g
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6 Comments

  1. anyonita green
    July 15, 2013 / 21:45

    Oh wow! What a delicious looking dish! 🙂 I love the complexity of flavor in this easy spaghetti dish! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!

    • Elle Linton
      July 16, 2013 / 07:33

      Thank you for sharing and I will def be stopping by again to check out the other links!

  2. Sylvia Johnstone
    June 3, 2013 / 16:14

    Gonna try this!

    • Elle Linton
      June 3, 2013 / 19:00

      It's so easy and so tasty! I had it extra everything tonight! Lol 😉

  3. Nerissa Ann
    July 18, 2012 / 12:59

    OH GOODNESS! I made this on Sunday w/bacon bits and bite sized chicken o_O soooooo yummy, but I didn't think to add lime …good idea (next time I'll do it up right)

    • Danielle Linton
      July 18, 2012 / 13:09

      Yeah the lime zest makes the world of difference! Def add it next time and let me know what you think! 😉

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