Arugula & Bacon Pasta Salad

I spent today in a depressed funk. We’ve got horrible winter weather for basically the rest of the week (and since when did they start naming winter storms?). Because of the potential issues with my heart, I’m still trying to eat better. My mom sent me a mini-cookbook she picked up at a work conference a few weeks ago and I made a recipe from it that I’ve been having for lunch this week:

Arugula & Bacon Pasta Salad 1
Arugula & Bacon Pasta Salad.

I’ve come to love the peppery bite of arugula (which I like calling “rocket” when I’m pretending to be British–Just like Gwyneth Paltrow!), I love pasta, and I love bacon. The one component of this dish I’m not that fond of is the grape tomatoes, but since this is supposed to be served hot or at room temperature, it takes care of my dislike of raw tomatoes.

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The only thing I would change about this would be to add some grated Parmesan–which I meant to do when I packed my lunch this morning, but I forgot. There’s always Thursday (I have a lunch date with Abby tomorrow).

Yield: 4

Arugula & Bacon Pasta Salad

Arugula & Bacon Pasta Salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 8 oz. small pasta (small shells, elbow macaroni, rigatoni, ditalini, penne rigate), cooked according to package directions, and drained
  • 9 slices crisp-cooked bacon, chopped or crumbled
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 4 C arugula, torn into pieces
  • 1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • salt & pepper to taste


Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the grape tomatoes, season with the salt, pepper and onion powder. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until warmed through.

Add in the pasta and the arugula, and cook 1 minute, just until the arugula begins to wilt. Toss with the bacon, and serve warm or at room temperature. Season with salt and pepper.

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I think it benefits some from sitting overnight–Even though there’s not a lot in the way of seasonings.

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I was also tempted to toss in some of my delicious Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic Vinegar, but since I wasn’t quite sure how it might taste, I left it out. I am curious as to how it might be with a little regular balsamic…Hmm….Well, in the meantime, I think I’ll try not to freak out about the stupid weather. I’d give my right arm for some normal April weather…50 degrees and raining. None of this upper-20s and snow nonsense. Damn climate change.

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3 Replies to “Arugula & Bacon Pasta Salad”

  1. Sorry about your weather! Ugh! As you can see I am having a bit of insomnia! Lol. Guess it was because the last couple of days were pretty stressful round here! It’s finally official and I feel better! Now I need some sleep, feel better soon,

    • Yeah, the weather sucks. I’m SO sick of it. I’m still working on getting my husband to move to a warmer part of the country…! I hope everything starts looking up for you!!

  2. Thank you Rachel. It is going to be a long process. I think I can do this! Hey, do not look at my blog today! You have been warned.
    BTW.. if you ever do come here, you need to visit me!

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