Apr 16
2014

Mushroom, Bacon & Spinach Whole Wheat Pasta Recipe

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Mushrooms, bacon and spinach in a (fairly) light whole wheat pasta dish that’s ready in 30 minutes. Does it get any better than that?
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As much as I enjoy meatless meals (I’ve been making this one over and over again), I can’t fathom completely giving up meat. There’s one word to explain this…bacon. Well okay, two words…bacon and sushi, preferably not together. They both make me go weak at the knees and I get as excited as a pre-teen girl at a One Direction concert whenever I am about to consume either one.

Are there such things as bacon or sushi groupies? There should be.

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Despite my unconditional love for bacon, or maybe because of it, I don’t eat it very often. So when I do, my taste buds explode and I am easily satisfied by a small amount. When I say “small”, I mean significantly less than a pound. Restraint and moderation. There has to be some sort of award for that.

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There are so many other good things in this pasta recipe (mushrooms!) that I manage to resist burrowing through my plate of pasta looking for morsels of bacon. With the vitamins packed into onions, mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes, this can definitely be considered a healthy meal. And it’s one that can be pulled together in less than 30 minutes.

Mushroom, Bacon & Spinach Whole Wheat Pasta Recipe | cookincanuck.com #pasta #bacon

It has bacon AND it meets the Rachael Ray test? Score!

Other whole wheat pasta recipes:

Whole Wheat Pasta Recipes | cookincanuck.com #pasta
Cookin’ Canuck’s Healthy Lasagne Recipe with Turkey, Pesto & Peppers
Cookin’ Canuck’s Roasted Tomato & Chicken Sausage Whole Wheat Pasta
Kalyn’s Kitchen’s Vegetarian Whole Wheat Pasta with Fried Kale, Tomato Sauce & Goat Cheese
Oh My Veggies’ Whole Wheat Rotini with Broccolini & Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Ambitious Kitchen’s Whole Wheat Lemon Spaghetti with Asparagus

Mushroom, Bacon & Spinach Whole Wheat Pasta Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 8

Serving Size: 1 cup

Calories per serving: 173 cal

Fat per serving: Total Fat 6.3g / Saturated Fat 1.6g

Mushroom, Bacon & Spinach Whole Wheat Pasta Recipe

Calories 172.7 / Total Fat 6.3g / Saturated Fat 1.6g / Cholesterol 10.0mg / Sodium 470.5mg / Sodium 470.5mg / Total Carbohydrates 21.0g / Fiber 3.8g / Sugars 2.9g / Protein 9.0g / WW (Old Points) 3 / WW (Points+) 4

Ingredients

  • 1 (13 oz.) package whole wheat rotini pasta
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 12 oz. crimini mushroom, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 (14 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup (packed) spinach leaves, roughly chopped
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta (rotini) according to package directions. Drain.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, place the bacon in a large skillet set over medium heat. Cook until the bacon is browned and crisp. Remove the bacon from the skillet, drain on a piece of paper towel, crumble and set aside.
  3. Discard all but 1 teaspoon of the bacon fat and add the olive oil. Add the onion and mushrooms and cook until the onion is tender and the mushrooms are just starting to brown. Add the garlic and dried oregano, and cook for 30 seconds.
  4. Stir in the diced tomatoes, bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the cooked pasta, spinach leaves and cooked bacon to the tomato mixture. Toss to coat the pasta and wilt the spinach.
  6. Serve with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Notes

From the kitchen of Cookin' Canuck | cookincanuck.com

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1 Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness April 16, 2014 at 4:47 am

To answer your first question…does it get any better than that?
No. Bacon, Spinach, Mushroom, Whole wheat? That is my language of love! Pinned!

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2 Christine from Cook the Story April 16, 2014 at 7:20 am

It absolutely does NOT get better than bacon! This looks amazing!

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3 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet April 16, 2014 at 9:09 am

Love this pasta dish! Gorgeous photos, Dara!

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4 Liz April 16, 2014 at 9:17 am

I love this recipe. Thank you. Happy Easter!

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5 Annalise @ Completely Delicious April 16, 2014 at 9:56 am

You are the queen of easy and healthy weeknight meals! Love this one!

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6 Mae April 16, 2014 at 10:17 am

i love these recipes! so simple and light!

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7 cheri April 16, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Love this combination of ingredients! I could be a vegetarian except for the fact that I just love bacon so much, sounds strange, but it’s the truth.

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8 Megan {Country Cleaver} April 16, 2014 at 8:46 pm

I love that bacon explosion after you haven’t had it for a while.This looks perfect for spring with all the veggies!

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