30-Minute BLT Pasta ($30 Date Night)

BLT Pasta is a quick and easy weeknight dinner that's budget friendly too!

Make this BLT Pasta for a budget-friendly date night dinner at home. All the ingredients, including a bottle of wine, come in at under $30!

BLT Pasta is a quick and easy weeknight dinner that's budget friendly too! | platingsandpairings.com

I’ve got a real treat for you today… Who’s ready for a quick and easy dinner, that’s totally impressive, date-night worthy, and budget-friendly? This BLT is all of those things! Not only does it come together in under 30 minutes – It’s also under $30 for the entire dinner plus a bottle of wine!

I picked up this recipe from a recent food styling and photography workshop that I attended as part of FEAST. It was there that I met Colu Henry and instantly fell in love with her down-to-earth, yet totally drool-worthy pasta recipes. I’ve had her cookbook, Back Pocket Pasta, sitting on our coffee table since I got it, and every night I find myself just skimming the pages and dreaming of which of her recipes I want to cook next.

But, in all honesty, I could say that I would be happy to make this BLT Pasta once a week, every week, and be in pasta heaven. Actually, I think I’m going to make it again tonight…

Make this BLT Pasta for a budget-friendly date night dinner at home. All the ingredients, including a bottle of wine, come in at under $30!

This BLT Pasta is perfect for a date night at home because, first… bacon. I mean, bacon is the way to everyone’s heart, right? And, because this dish cooks up so quickly, you’re left with plenty of time to pop the cork on that bottle of wine, turn on the Netflix, and get ready to cuddle on the couch.

I’m serving this pasta dish with a classic Italian wine – Chianti. It’s got a bright acidity and aromas of spice, cherry and leather, making it the perfect compliment to this rich and smoky BLT Pasta. Plus, it comes in at under $12 a bottle, meaning that all in, our dinner and wine came in well under $30! Here’s the breakdown:

Ingredients for BLT Pasta

  • Bacon $3.75
  • Tomatoes $3.69
  • Watercress $1.99
  • Rigatoni $1.00
  • Pecorino Romano $5.99
  • Chianti $11.99

TOTAL: $28.41

Make this BLT Pasta for a budget-friendly date night dinner at home. All the ingredients, including a bottle of wine, come in at under $30!

So, why not call Wednesday night “date-night” and cook up this yummy BLT Pasta tonight? It couldn’t be simpler, and it will definitely make that mid-week slump disappear. Cheers to #WineWednesday!

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BLT Pasta Recipe

BLT Pasta is a quick and easy weeknight dinner that's budget friendly too!

30-Minute BLT Pasta

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: bacon pasta recipe, blt pasta
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 459 kcal
BLT Pasta is a quick and easy weeknight dinner that's budget friendly too!
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Ingredients

  • 3 slices thick cut bacon cut into 1/2-in. dice (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound cherry tomatoes halved (about 3 cups)
  • 5 ounces watercress coarsely chopped (or arugula)
  • 1 Tablespoon plus 3/8 tsp. kosher salt divided
  • 10 ounces rigatoni
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper divided
  • 1 ounce pecorino Romano cheese grated

Instructions

  1. Fill a large pot with water and 1 tablespoon salt and bring to a boil. Add pasta and cook 10-12 minutes, or until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water and drain.
  2. Drizzle a large skillet with olive oil and add chopped bacon, heat over medium low; cook 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the bacon is crisp. Remove bacon from pan with a slotted spoon, leaving fat in pan.
  3. Increase heat to medium and add tomatoes, ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook 5-7 minutes, until tomatoes have softened, scraping skillet occasionally. Stir in half of the cooked bacon.
  4. Increase heat to medium-high, add pasta and toss to coat in sauce. Add ½ cup of the reserved cooking water and the watercress; stir until watercress wilts. Add remaining pasta water to skillet as necessary to thin sauce. Top with remaining bacon, cheese, 1/8 teaspoon salt and remaining ¼ teaspoon pepper.
Nutrition Facts
30-Minute BLT Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 459 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 295mg13%
Potassium 575mg16%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 1715IU34%
Vitamin C 41.1mg50%
Calcium 145mg15%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Wine Pairings for BLT Pasta:

  • Sangiovese, Chianti, Barbera, Beaujolais Nouveau, and Lambrusco are all great matches for this rich and smoky pasta dish.

 

 

11 comments

  1. Catherine @ Ten Thousand Hour Mama

    $30 for a fancy date night is such a steal! Great tips, Erin.

    Reply

  2. Create/enjoy

    Ohhh, that workshop sounds so fun! Wish I could have attended that!!

    Reply

  3. Melissa Chee

    I definitely need to make your BLT pasta. It looks delicious! It’s nice that it’s budget friendly too.

    Reply

  4. Diego Lopes

    5 stars
    Quick, easy, cheap, and pasta? You just get me! Can’t wait to try this!

    Reply

  5. Karly

    Love how simple, fresh and delicious this is! Doesn’t require me to slave over the stove, but something the whole family can still enjoy!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I’m all about quick dinners! This one is so easy Karly!

      Reply

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  7. Grace

    Just tried this. Substitute the bacon with sausage and added a bit of cayenne pepper. Very quick and delicious!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I’m so happy you liked it Grace!

      Reply

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