(Easy) Bacon Spaghetti Aglio Olio

November 9, 2016

(Easy) Bacon Spaghetti Aglio Olio

Being a healthy food blogger (and a triathlete) is a give-in that I exercise.
And I do. Every day.
Although there are times when I feel like I’m not doing all I can, I always manage to fit in some exercise: run, or swim, or cycle, or practice yoga.
The other night I felt especially accomplished after completing a 10 mile run, followed by a 45 minutes HIIT cardio and abs workout, and a gentle stretch yoga class.
So accomplished that I decided I deserved a special dinner, a carb-o-licious dinner (also known as carbageddon).

(Easy) Bacon Spaghetti Aglio Olio

Now, you all know that I’m not a huge carb fan, but just like everyone else I can go overboard when faced with a coal-fired pizza or a NYC bagel filled with cream cheese (you know, just to throw a random example).
Working out gives me a bit of a comfort zone to really enjoy my food.
There are obviously other reasons I regularly exercise: it makes me feel better, helps with my sleep cycle, gives me energy, keeps me fit, and protects against disease.
But the fact that I can enjoy the occasional indulgence is a huge motivator in itself.

(Easy) Bacon Spaghetti Aglio Olio

Which brings me back to the other night’s carb-lover dinner.
On the menu: Bacon Spaghetti Aglio Olio.
You guys know how much I love me Aglio Olio. A perfectly simple dish to whip up when time is running short and when your pantry resembles a teenage girl's closet right after she 'cleaned' her room.
Now imagine adding bacon to that awesomeness…
I know, too good to be true.
This is one of those recipes that you should always have up your sleeve, because it’s a quick and easy way to get a tasty meal on your table in no time.

(Easy) Bacon Spaghetti Aglio Olio

And sometimes adding bacon is a great idea, scratch that, is an awesome idea!
First, everything works with bacon. Second, everything works with bacon.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that adding bacon is a good way to make sure you eat your greens. But I’m not afraid of bacon as I used to, and I do enjoy it quite a bit.
Of course, for all of you vegans/vegetarians, skip the bacon and just make plain, simple Spaghetti Aglio Olio.

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Adapted from MyFoodStory

Note. If you want to keep this dish low carb use zoodles instead of spaghetti.

Serves 4

12 oz spaghetti (I used Garofalo gluten-free spaghetti)
6 strips of bacon, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 to 4 teaspoons red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)
4 tablespoons dried oregano
4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook spaghetti according to the package directions until almost al dente, but slightly undercooked, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water before draining.
In the meantime, cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat, until slightly crisp and brown.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a plate, leaving bacon fat in the pan.
Reduce heat to low and add garlic. Sauté for a minute, until fragrant. Add red pepper flakes and sauté for 30 seconds. Add reserved pasta water, bring to a boil and cook until reduced by half.
Add cooked spaghetti and bacon to the skillet and cook until the liquid is reduced to a thick sauce and coats the pasta.
Stir in oregano and give a good stir.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve!

Nutrition facts

One serving yields 383 calories, 7 grams of fat, 64 grams of carbs, and 16 grams of protein.


  1. This pasta is totally the kind of comfort food that won't make you feel terrible afterwards- we could all use some of that right about now!

  2. I am 100% going to make this. It looks like absolute heaven on a plate. I do something similar with bell peppers and pasta, but I think the Parmesan cheese is the best part of these simple dishes!

    Alyse (J.X.L.) ▲ Lumière & Lens

  3. Mike, you've officially made "carbageddon" a thing. Nothing feels as good as allowing ourselves to have a guilt-free meal of CAAAARBSSSS