Creamy bacon & tomato pasta salad served on picnic plates

Creamy bacon & tomato pasta salad

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4

Make a summer pasta salad to serve as a main meal or side dish. It's made with bacon, spinach, tomato and basil, and a delicious honey and mustard dressing

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal400
  • fat12g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs56g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre5g
  • protein15g
  • salt0.1g


  • 300g penne or farfalle (use wholemeal, if you like)
  • 200g natural yogurt
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey



    Honey is made by bees from the nectar they collect from flowers. Viscous and fragrant, it's…

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 lemon, zested



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 large tomatoes, roughly chopped



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • large handful of baby leaf spinach, roughly chopped
  • small bunch of basil, leaves chopped



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • 6 cooked smoked bacon rashers


  1. Cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling water following pack instructions. Drain and run under cold water until completely cool. 

  2. Meanwhile, mix the yogurt, mustard, honey, garlic, lemon zest, olive oil and some seasoning together in a large bowl. Toss the cooked pasta with the dressing, tomatoes, spinach and basil. Keep chilled until ready to serve, then crumble over the bacon.

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