Bacon & avocado warm pasta salad

Bacon & avocado warm pasta salad

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4
Stir crispy fried bacon and pesto into orzo pasta for a quick dinner or easy packed lunch

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal600
  • fat33g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs54g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre7g
  • protein17g
  • salt1.9g
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  • 300g orzo
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 140g streaky bacon, chopped
  • 140g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ x 190g jar pesto



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • 2 avocados, stoned, peeled and sliced



    Although it's technically a fruit, the mild-flavoured avocado is used as a vegetable. Native…

  • 70g bag rocket



    Rocket is a very 'English' leaf, and has been used in salads since Elizabethan times. It…

  • Grana Padano shavings, to serve


  1. Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Cook the orzo following pack instructions, drain and set aside. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the bacon for 4-5 mins until crispy. Stir in the tomatoes and cook for a couple mins more. Stir in the orzo, pesto and avocado, and heat for 2 mins more.

  2. Spoon onto a serving plate, then scatter with rocket leaves and Grana Padano.

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11th Jul, 2015
Delicious! Made twice now, used extra pesto both times and only cheese I had was feta the second time which worked really well too.
30th Jun, 2015
Lovely recipe! Simple and delicious and not terribly expensive.
25th Feb, 2015
This was simple and tasty. Used a good quality pesto which helped. Could use any type of pasta so a good way to use up odd packets.
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24th Feb, 2015
This was really quick and tasty! It would be so easy to switch around the flavours, so I'd recommend it for using up things you have left over. I added some extra spring onions as I had some of those and it was a good addition.
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