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Chef John's BLT Pasta

Chef John's BLT Pasta

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Chef John

If you can't decide whether to make a BLT sandwich or a pasta, now you can do both. The combination of bacon, lettuce, and tomato has a proven track record of deliciousness!

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  • Calories:
  • 502 kcal
  • 25%
  • Fat:
  • 27.6 g
  • 42%
  • Carbs:
  • 48.4g
  • 16%
  • Protein:
  • 17.3 g
  • 35%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 76 mg
  • 25%
  • Sodium:
  • 575 mg
  • 23%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Pour olive oil into a heavy skillet over medium heat, add bacon, and cook until almost crisp, 5 to 8 minutes. Turn off heat. Hold a paper towel with tongs and mop up excess bacon grease with the paper towel, leave about 2 teaspoons bacon grease in the skillet.
  2. Stir minced garlic and lemon zest into bacon in the skillet and let cook in residual heat until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir creme fraiche into bacon mixture.
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and stir in 2 cups of ditalini. Cook till tender, about 8 minutes. Drain and add pasta to the skillet. Stir pasta thoroughly into bacon and creme fraiche mixture.
  4. Return skillet to medium heat. Add tomatoes; cook and stir until slightly softened, about 1 minute. Mix in arugula, stirring until wilted, about 30 seconds, and turn off heat.
  5. Season with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Stir again and garnish with Parmesan cheese.
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This is my new favorite pasta dish and my favorite recipe on this site! The only changes I made were I used a whole pound of bacon (it was just easier), I used regular tomatoes (both yellow and red) because I didn't have any cherry ones, and I ended up using green leaf lettuce because my rinky dink grocery store didn't have arugula - I could have used fresh spinach I guess. I also made Chef John's creme fraiche ahead of time (although I could have cut it in half for this recipe - you can find the recipe on this site.) The creme fraiche made this recipe so plan ahead to make this dish. I would not substitue it for anything since I've already done it this way! The creme fraiche didn't overwhelm the other flavors but gave it a subtle richness. I should have taken a picture because the yellow and red tomatoes along with the green lettuce made an attractive dish. My teenagers also loved this and I know my husband would have, but he was out of town and by the time he got home the leftovers were gone. Poor guy. I didn't think it was as good left over as it was fresh though. This dish is now in my permanent rotation forever and always!


This is simply wonderful!! I too followed the directions exactly and found myself gobbling it up, which I usually don't do with meals I've cooked. My husband also went for seconds. My store didn't have the creme fraiche so I had to make my own. Super easy recipes online! I'm also a huge fan of BLT's, so that might have something to do with my love for this dish. Will make again


That was so nice , so easy to make.