One-Pot Wonders

Spinach and Bacon Pasta with Ricotta

April 23, 2021
2 Ratings
Photo by Anna Chwistek | Serving Dumplings
Author Notes

A creamy pasta with sautéed spinach, crispy bacon and ricotta. This pasta could very well be your next obsession. It’s flavor packed with a hearty ricotta sauce that might make you crave for pasta night. It’s light, satisfying and it can be thrown together in about 20 minutes. Made with only a few ingredients, this pasta fits the bill perfectly. —Anna Chwistek | Serving Dumplings

  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 15 minutes
  • Serves 2
  • 200 grams (7 oz) pasta, like shells or orecchiette
  • 150 grams (5.3 oz) spinach
  • 250 grams (8.8 oz) salted bacon bits
  • 150 grams (5.3 oz) ricotta
  • 100 milliliters (1/4 cup) cooking cream
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon each: salt, black pepper, dried oregano, sweet paprika, red pepper flakes
In This Recipe
  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of generously salted boiling water, until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup cooking water.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon, cook until crispy and golden brown, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and onion, cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir in the seasoning.
  3. Add spinach and stir until slightly wilted. Pour cream and bring to a boil. Then add ricotta and stir until combined. Toss with pasta and add a splash of cooking water. Stir and add more water if needed, to create a glossy sauce. Season with more salt or pepper if needed.
  4. Serve immediately with an extra sprinkle of red pepper flakes. Enjoy!

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1 Review

Corey B. April 22, 2021
Great recipe. Really easy to make quick, creamy pasta this way. I’ve made it twice now and I prefer a little less seasoning to let the taste of the spinach and the bacon shine through. This would be easy to modify with other vegetables and flavors.