Posted in Recipes

Penne with yellow cherry tomatoes, rocket, smoked bacon & home made red pesto

Penne with yellow cherry tomatoes, rocket, smoked bacon & home-made red pesto, ready to dig in!

Recently, I made home-made red pesto, I had some left in the fridge so I wanted to make a pasta dish out of it. I had rocket leaves & thought that yellow cherry tomatoes would go great with that.

It is all about flavour & trying to get the best flavours & colours together. I served my pasta dish with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Recipe: For 2 persons, with seconds
350 gr penne
15 yellow cherry tomatoes, cleaned & cut in half
2 to 3 tablespoons of home-made red pesto
1 handful of fresh rocket leaves, or more according to your taste
200 gr of smoked bacon, cut into little pieces
Maldon sea salt
grinned black pepper
Parmesan cheese, grated to serve
a fruity olive oil
1. Cook the pasta al dente in a large cooking pot. Drain, keep warm.
2. In the meantime, take a large non stick pan & pour some baking margarine in it. Let it heat up on high heat. Now, add the smoked bacon pieces. Fry until golden on both sides. Take a large plate & place 2 kitchen papers on it. Place the bacon pieces on it. Then, take 2 other kitchen papers & place onto the bacon. This is to drain the fat. Add the smoked bacon pieces to the pasta pot. Mix with a spoon. Keep warm.
3. In the same pan, take away the fat with kitchen paper. Add some baking margarine & heat up on high. Now, add the halved cherry tomatoes & season with some Maldon sea salt & some grinned black pepper. Fry until the tomatoes started to loosen. Turn the heat off & carefully add the cherry tomatoes halves to the pasta mix. Add the 2 to 3 tablespoons of the red pesto & mix carefully. Add 1 teaspoon of a fruity olive oil because the red pesto is solid & you need it a bit to loosen. Mix again. Add the 1 handful of rocket leaves. Mix. Taste. Add some grinned black pepper if necessary. It has to taste fab!

♥ Stay Tuned & subscribe by email! Join 1,800 email subscribers now!!! It is free!!!! Click the link here below to subscribe!!!



Hello! My name is Sophie & I love to cook & bake mostly healthily but with a twist! There is a bit of gardening & travelling in here too! Enjoy! :)

55 thoughts on “Penne with yellow cherry tomatoes, rocket, smoked bacon & home made red pesto

  1. That looks yummy, I love to use fresh arugula in my pastas it gives a bit of a crunch. And anything with bacon gets my vote.

  2. if you knew how much I love penne, with a dish like that I can’t stop salivating so I must leave quick.Nicely presented and great combo of flavours, loved it 🙂 xxx Rico

  3. Hi Sophie,This dish looks wonderful and savory – just the way I like them. I love adding rocket, er aruglua to my dishes. The finishing touch of the Maldon sea salt is inspired!

  4. Once again, I had to look up one of your ingredients: rocket leaves :)Thanks for keeping my brain cells working!

  5. How sweet! I love this pasta! Your red pesto looks dynamite and the nutty bite of the rocket must complement the sweetness of the tomatoes so well! Thanks for sharing this!

  6. I love the sound of red pesto! I have green pesto in the freezer right now. Your pasta looks great.

  7. oh, sophie, this is just lovely! two things that should be present in some form in every pasta dish are tomatoes and pig, so this one’s a winner in my book. 🙂

  8. Yum and delicious! I saw your red pesto and fell in love. This pasta dish looks so fabulous!(and every time I pull up your blog I read “Sophiesfoodflies” which sounds too cute, like fire flies….)

  9. @ every one: thanks for visiting!@ Jamie: I think that you have to learn to read,…It is Sophies Foodiefiles!!! Not Sophiesfoodflies!!! Next time, read it better!

  10. Lovely pasta :)Hahaha… I can stop laughing reading Jamie’s comment and your reply, Sophie.How could Jamie think it’s flies instead of files? Food and flies.. that’s a perfect combination in a hot country, LOL

  11. Your penne look very very appetizing, fresh and I love the red pesto. I’d like some just now! Have a good sunday.

  12. @ Selba, Elra, unconfidential cook, Joie de vivre, dada, Jan, gaga & Bunny: thanks for those lovely words!

  13. Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it. Look advanced to more added agreeable from you! However, how could we communicate?

    1. Hello Lorana!
      Thanks! On the top of my home page, you will find: Contact Sophie!
      Just click onto it & fill in what is required & what you want to ask or tell me & submit. Then I can read it privately & can get back to you!
      Okey? 😉

  14. Just wanted to give you a shout from the valley of the sun, great information. Much appreciated.

Comments are closed.