BLT Pasta

A twist on one of the most beloved sandwiches of all time! The American favorite made with bacon, lettuce and tomatoes. The oh-so-humble BLT.

B is for thick cut, applewood smoked bacon.

The L in this case is for Swiss chard, a mild-tasting green with little to no bitterness.

T is for orbs of sweetly acidic grape tomatoes.

In place of the bread is chewy, whole-grain penne pasta.

What happens when you toss them all together with half & half and Parmesan cheese? Nothing short of magic.

A lightly sauced pasta emerges, full of competing and complementing flavors. At times salty. Smoky. Sweet and savory. With the fresh, earthy goodness of Swiss chard and the pop of juicy tomatoes as they burst in your mouth.

All the reminders of a BLT in a completely satisfying meal! Only better. Hands-down better. Cause it’s pasta. Crave-worthy pasta.

BLT Pasta

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

BLT Pasta

A twist on the humble BLT with bacon, swiss chard, and grape tomatoes tossed with pasta in a light and creamy sauce.


8 ounces penne pasta (like Barila whole grain)
olive oil, for sauteing
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 big bunch Swiss chard, rough chopped
2 cups grape tomatoes, if large, cut in half
sea or kosher salt and fresh black pepper
1/2 cup half & half
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated, plus more for serving
12 ounces thick-cut applewood smoked bacon, cooked and chopped into bite-size pieces
2 tablespoons fresh basil or parsley, chopped


  1. Cook pasta in plenty of salted boiling water, reserve a 1/3 cup of the pasta water before draining.
  2. Meanwhile in a large skillet heat two tablespoons oil over medium-low heat, add garlic and saute until fragrant, add Swiss chard and tomatoes, saute until Swiss chard begins to wilt. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in half & half and pasta water, cook about 2 more minutes, remove from heat.
  3. Add the pasta to a large mixing bowl along with the Swiss chard/tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, chopped bacon and basil. Toss well. Serve with additional Parmesan.


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  1. Amy says

    This morning I picked up our first CSA box of the season and found a whole bunch of beautiful Swiss Chard. Looking for inspiration, the first place I went was Pinterest, which lead me to your wonderful recipe! It is so simple and flavorful! This one will make our menu rotation! Thanks so much!

  2. Kayla says

    I found this recipe on Pinterest and made it for dinner tonight. I love it! This recipe is a keeper.

  3. Elissa says

    We started making this a while ago, and it was an instant hit. We now make it regularly; it’s a great recipe for company, too! Even my three year old daughter likes it! It’s light and beautiful, with the tomatoes adding a pop and the bacon a great richness. Just ate it again tonight for dinner!

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