Lighter Bacon Recipes
Apple and Bacon Pita Pizzas
Smoky bacon, rich walnuts, and woodsy thyme give depth to these quick personal pizzas.
Slab bacon lets you get a thicker dice than presliced bacon that will hold its own in the pasta; if it's hard for you to find, just use thick-cut sliced bacon. Peppery watercress wilts well yet maintains a little crunch. It also adds a nice savory note, balancing the sweetness of the tomatoes and the saltiness of the bacon. Arugula would also work.
Take our word for it; filled with garlic, cream cheese, and bacon, these stuffed jalapeños are a must-serve appetizer at your next party.
Two-Pea Pasta with Bacon Breadcrumbs
You can use any short pasta in place of the ziti.
Bacon and Shrimp Pasta Toss
Most people don't think "light" when they see bacon listed as an ingredient, but this quick, one-dish meals boasts only 396 calories per serving and packs a whopping 26 grams of protein.
Seared Salmon with Sweet Corn and Bacon Sauté
The corn-and-bacon sauté makes a sweet-and-savory bed for the fish. Let the fillets cook undisturbed over medium-high heat for a beautiful sear.
Bacon and Blue Cheese Deviled Eggs
Bacon and blue cheese pair well in so many dishes. Applying the combo to deviled eggs makes for a simply delightful treat.
Mushroom, Gruyère, and Spinach Quiche
Our lighter version of a morning-meal favorite is a 317-calorie slice of heaven that's worthy of a starring role on your brunch menu.
Bacon and Leek Risotto
Serve this delightful risotto dish with sautéed Broccolini and a warm French bread baguette, for an irresistable dinner tonight.
Mushroom and Bacon Casserole
Very few things embody comfort food as well as this hearty, warming mushroom and bacon casserole.
Caramelized Onion, Gruyère, and Bacon Spread
Serve this savory caramelized onion, Gruyère, and bacon spread with crackers or bread slices. If you can't find Gruyère, substitute raclette, fontina, or Swiss cheese.
Bacon Endive Tomato Bites
Bacon lends a smoky flavor to this appetizer that will help use your delicious tomato bounty.
Bacon, Tomato, and Arugula Pizza
Instead of having an arugula salad on the side, put it on top of your pizza for fresh flavor that pairs perfectly with the tomato and applewood-smoked bacon pizza toppings.
Bacon and Egg Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions and Arugula
This upscale twist on the traditional breakfast sandwich features sweet, tender caramelized onion and peppery arugula. A fresh fruit salad would be a good accompaniment.
Stewed Okra with Tomatoes and Bacon
This Creole favorite makes the most of fresh produce. Stewing okra with tomatoes produces a saucy side that highlights okra's unique flavor and texture. The dish is tasty as is or ladled over white rice.
This adult twist on a childhood favorite will have you reminiscing about nights spent by the campfire with family and friends.
Seared Scallops With Bacon, Cabbage, and Apple
Quick but hearty, serve this sweet and savory scallop dish with roasted potatoes.
Orecchiette with Kale, Bacon, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Orecchiette (little ears pasta) is a classic shape that’s ideal for this chunky sauce. You can also substitute short pasta shapes like penne or rigatoni. If you can find mild-tasting cavolo nero (black kale), try it here.
Bacon and Broccoli Mac and Cheese
This one-dish meal is full of flavor and will win over adults and children alike.
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Garlic, and Shallots
Garlic, bacon, shallots, and just over 15 minutes are all you need to create a Brussels sprouts side dish with intense flavor.
Bacon and Wild Mushroom Risotto With Baby Spinach
Crisp bacon brings crunchy texture and smoky flavor to this creamy, cheesy risotto dish.