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Penne Alfredo with Bacon and Sundried Tomato

‘A delicious twist on the classic Alfredo. Penne Alfredo with Bacon and Sundried Tomato will change your ‘go to’ quick dinner forever’ – Hungry now? Jump to Recipe

Sometimes your belly just calls for the simple things in life. The simply gorgeously, creamy and flavoursome things that is. Pasta alfredo is one of those dishes that you won’t see being made the same way twice; an ambassador of variation if you will. For me? I like a classic penne with some very ‘non classic’ additions.

Penne Alfredo with Bacon and Sundried Tomato one pot

Here I’ve thrown in some bacon, sundried tomatoes and a good helping of basil. This combination, in addition to the traditionally smooth and creamy alfredo sauce, will absolutely blow your tastebuds (in the best way possible).

Penne Alfredo with Bacon and Sundried Tomato

People are always so surprised when I show them the recipe for this because it really does taste like so much more effort has gone into it than actually has. Okay, that makes me sound lazy. But it’s kinda true. This recipe is SO simple and requires such little ingredients; which is quite hard to believe after how beautiful it tastes. So smooth and silky, yet tangy and bursting with flavour.

Oh look, a 1 minute recipe video!

The other fantastic thing about this recipe is the definition of a quick dinner. You know, there really is nothing worse than getting back from work and having to slave away in the kitchen when you don’t have the energy.

On average it takes me around 20-25 mins to knock up this dish from start to finish, prep included. The perfect dinner to add to your meal rotations.

 Penne Alfredo with Bacon and Sundried Tomato Plated

I’ll have to assume by now that if you’ve made it this far you’re not on a low-cal diet. Yep, this alfredo sauce is rather indulgent. But hey, treat yourself. You deserve it 🙂

Let me know how you all get on folks, can’t wait to hear! Until then, I’ll catch you on the next post. Ciao for now!

5 from 6 votes
Penne Alfredo with Bacon and Sundried Tomato- serving bowl
Penne Alfredo with Bacon and Sundried Tomato
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
A delicious twist on the classic Alfredo. Penne Alfredo with Bacon and Sundried Tomato will change your 'go to' quick dinner forever.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 491 kcal
Author: Chris
  • 8.75 oz (250g) Penne Pasta
  • 5 oz (150g) Streaky Bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (50g) Parmesan, grated
  • 3/4 cup (75g) Sundried Tomato, sliced
  • 1 1/4 cups (300ml) Double Cream
  • 1 tsp Garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • Handful of Fresh Basil roughly chopped
  • Salt & Cracked Black Pepper to taste
  1. Pop your pasta in a pot of boiling water and cook until al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, fry your Bacon over medium heat until it begins to crisp, then add your Tomatoes and fry a little longer until they soften. Drain excess fat if there's too much, add the Garlic and fry for a minute until fragrant, then add the Butter and stir until melted.

  3. Pour in your Cream and Parmesan, then sprinkle in your Basil. Taste for seasoning and stir to a smooth consistency, leaving to simmer on a low heat.

  4. Once the sauce has thickened (8-10 mins) add in your pasta and toss until coated. Simmer for a few minutes to soak up the sauce, stirring throughout. Season to preference and serve with an extra sprinkle of Parmesan and Basil

Recipe Notes

a) Whilst Black Pepper is encouraged, be careful with the Salt seasoning. Bacon, Sundried Tomato and Parmesan are all fairly salty ingredients. Taste test throughout to ensure the dish doesn't end up too salty.

b) Consider retaining a cup of pasta water. This dish thickens quite quickly and can become gloopy in a short space of time, adding a few splashes of water will help thin the sauce out again.

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    February 13, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    I want to bury my face in that.

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      February 13, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      hahahaha I definitely think it is flaceplant-worthy!

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    July 4, 2017 at 3:56 am

    This might be the best thing I have ever tasted! I would definitely recommend <3

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      July 4, 2017 at 8:16 am

      Thanks, Lotte! So glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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    September 2, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Wow — this looks perfect for the chilly days we are having in NY right now; cannot wait to try it out!

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      September 2, 2017 at 10:31 pm

      Definitely feeling the chilly vibes in Melbourne here too!! Enjoy, Leslie 🙂

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    Penne Alfredo with Bacon & Sundried Tomato – Diet My Way
    September 9, 2017 at 8:42 am

    […] one for spinach-artichoke dip). But my loved one is crazy about sun-dried tomatoes! The recipe is here. And the only changes I made are I omitted the butter, since the bacon grease was enough fat, used […]

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    October 10, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Made this last night for me and my partner and it was INCREDIBLE!! So rich and luscious. Oh my, family staple right here.

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      October 10, 2017 at 7:41 pm

      Geoff, I’m so glad! Definitely a family staple over here too 🙂

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    Linda @ With A Blast
    January 11, 2018 at 11:52 am

    This looks amazing and I already know my family would love this pasta for dinner !

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      January 11, 2018 at 1:08 pm

      Definitely a great one for family dinners!

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    David @ Cooking Chat
    January 11, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Mmm, love a good creamy pasta, even better with bacon!

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      January 11, 2018 at 1:09 pm

      Everything is better with bacon 😉

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    January 11, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Loved the video…I was never on a diet anyway haha get in my belly!!

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      January 11, 2018 at 1:09 pm

      Haha, as you can tell neither was I!

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    January 11, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    I’ve absolutely been craving sundried tomatoes! This dish looks so incredible! I know many folks will just love your twist on this classic!

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      January 11, 2018 at 1:10 pm

      Thanks so much!! 🙂

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    January 11, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Some alfredo recipes seem so difficult but yours really sounds like something I could make. The hard stuff I leave to my husband, as he is a way better cook than I am. I love alfredo when we go out to eat, will give this a try at home.

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      January 11, 2018 at 1:36 pm

      I feel ya Kristi! That’s why I’ve tried to keep this one super simple 🙂

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