Creamy Pasta with Bacon

A few simple ingredients mix together to make a wonderful flavor combination in this Pasta with Bacon recipe that we crave!

Smoky and salty bacon perfectly compliments cheesy pasta coated in Alfredo sauce and finished off with sautéed brussels sprouts.

Chopped pieces of thick fried bacon generously topping pasta with white Alfredo sauce and brussel spouts in the middle

This pasta dish also reminds me of our super delicious Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake and Chicken Bacon Ranch Mac and Cheese. If you love creamy pasta dishes give these a try too!

Pasta with Bacon Recipe

This Pasta with Bacon in Cream Sauce and Brussel Sprouts recipe is so delicious that we’ve made it twice in the past week! White alfredo sauce and shredded Parmesan cheese finish off a delicious pasta dish.

The brussels sprouts begin earthy and bitter and sweeten as they sauté in a dash of oil. Season the veggies with salt and pepper for the the crunchy balance to the rich bacon and tender, creamy pasta.

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Every time I go to box up the leftovers after dinner I find myself snacking. There’s a little magic in the combination here that is hard to describe, but oh so easy to enjoy!

Not quite as fancy as our copycat Olive Garden Chicken and Bacon Carbonara, but with fewer steps we love to make this restaurant quality meal at home.

Creamy pasta with salty bacon and sautéed brussel sprouts on a plate with a fork nestled under the penne pasta with the full white dish next to the plate

Our Baked Alfredo Spaghetti is another way to level up your pasta game with common ingredients at home. Since this recipe saves money and can be made in under 30 minutes we love it!

Why This Recipe Works:

  • The combination of creamy and smoky flavors are delicious!
  • Meal can be made in under 30 minutes
  • It’s easy to make extra pasta if the kids prefer to eat some plain
  • Leftovers reheat well to make a quick lunch to take to work
  • My kids enjoy these leftovers cold, so they can pack some in their school lunch
Overhead view of serving dish of pasta with bacon and green vegetable brussel sprout halves with a serving spoon lifting a portion out of the dish

Ingredients Needed

  • Penne Pasta – is our favorite, but other simple shapes work fine too
  • Alfredo Sauce – we like the refrigerated sauce the best, but a jar works fine to save a little money
  • Bacon – thick cut and coarsely chopped will ensure maximum meaty flavor
  • Shredded Parmesan Cheese – adds a salty richness to the pasta
  • Brussels Sprouts – add a bitter flavor dimension and some fiber, sautéing makes them a little crispy and blackened on the edges which tastes even better
Ingredients to make a dish of pasta with bacon on a white countertop are thick sliced bacon, penne pasta, alredo sauce, halved brussels sprouts and parmesan shredded cheese

Can Peas Be Used?

Peas can be added to the pasta 1-2 minutes before it’s done cooking. Drain the water and stir in the alfredo sauce. Top with parmesan cheese and bacon and enjoy!

A green vegetable with earthy flavors compliments the bacon so well. We love the roasted or sautéed flavor of heartier pieces of brussels sprouts, but a bag of frozen peas will work just fine too.

Recipe Tips & Tricks

  • Buy brussels sprouts halves and precooked bacon crumbles to save time
  • Grated parmesan cheese can be stirred in with the Alfredo if desired
  • We like to use a container of purchased Alfredo, but it can be homemade like in our Alfredo Spaghetti if you like
  • We like to bake bacon on a wire rack on a large baking sheet at 375F for 12 – 15 minutes until crispy and use leftovers for breakfast throughout the week
  • Mushrooms could also be sautéed with the brussel sprouts for 4-5 minutes 
  • Chicken can easily be added to make this dish even heartier too
  • Since bacon tastes great in so many meals like our Bacon Breakfast Casserole and Bacon and Cheese Loaded Fries I’ll often pick up a bigger pack.  When you purchase a bigger package it’s typically cheaper per ounce in the long run.  
Small plate of alfredo pasta with bacon bits and brussel sprouts with shredded cheese on a red and white plaid napkin with a full dish in the background

Step By Step Instructions

In a skillet over medium high heat add olive oil and brussel sprouts that have been cut in half or quartered.

Quarters will cook a bit faster than halves.

Sautéing will take about 8 to 12 minutes. The edges will begin to darken, but should not burn.

Brussel sprout halves sauteed in a skilet

Cook pasta to al dente and drain.

Stir in alfredo sauce.

Large black serving spoon stirring tender penne pasta into alfredo sauce in a silver pot

Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top.

I like a thick layer!

A layer of shredded parmesan cheese sprinkled over cooked pasta

Vegetables and bacon can be stirred in the sauce or layered on top. This is personal preference.

My kids tend to eat food that isn’t mixed together more easily.

Close up salty and smoky bacon atop creamy penne pasta served with roasted brussel sprouts

Mix up in the skillet to keep warm or spoon into a serving dish and enjoy right away!

We’ve also made this bacon and pasta recipes with mushrooms which is also a wonderful dish!

More Easy Recipes with Pasta:

Plate of creamy penne pasta with shredded parmesan cheese, alfredo sauce and pieces of thick bacon

Creamy Pasta with Bacon

Servings 6 people
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
A few simple ingredients mix together to make a wonderful flavor combination in this Pasta with Bacon recipe that we crave!
Smoky and salty bacon perfectly compliments cheesy pasta coated in Alfredo sauce and finished off with sautéed brussels sprouts.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 12 oz penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups Brussels Sprouts quartered
  • 5 strips thick cut bacon cooked & chopped
  • pinch salt
  • pinch pepper
  • 15 ounces Alfredo sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions
 

  • Sauté Brussel sprouts in hot olive oil for 10-12 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper and stir occasionally.  
  • Cook pasta until al dente.
  • In a large bow stir together Alfredo sauce, pasta and Brussel sprouts. Sprinkle bacon and parmesan cheese on top.

Nutrition

Calories: 550kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 17gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 819mgPotassium: 308mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 297IUVitamin C: 25mgCalcium: 124mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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Originally published October 29, 2017 with pictures updated on March 15, 2023

pasta with creamy alfredo, bacon, brussel sprouts and parmesan cheese

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