Recipe by 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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bacon, cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
halved cherry tomatoes
baby arugula, coarsely chopped
salt and ground black pepper to taste
cayenne pepper, or to taste
freshly shredded Parmesan cheese, or to taste
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
Very good combination of flavors. I used (1) 1lb. box of mini penne pasta, 1 lb of bacon. I doubled the rest of the ingredients other than the cream fraise, which I used the entire jar I had just made. This recipe is a keeper.
I made this recipe tonight but used mayonnaise (thinking of a BLT sandwich) with lemon juice and garlic as the dressing - less exotic but wonderful. Used regular tomatoes.
That was so nice , so easy to make.
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!
Very good, and different! My wife said only a man could come up with this (?) but she did enjoy. Couldn't find the ditalini pasta so used cornetti, which sounded fancy but looked a lot like regular macaroni. I used campari tomatoes quartered, and had to cook them a lot longer than 1 minute to soften them up. Although I upped the recipe to 6 servings, I found the sauce needed just a tad more liquid. Will make again for sure!
I loved it as did my husband and middle son. My oldest (16) and youngest (12) didn't love it. Can't imagine why. It was fabulous and I can't imagine switching out the creme fraiche for anything else. Wonderful but quite fatty meal.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Chef John's BLT Pasta
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 249
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