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Gluten-free spaghetti with spinach, garlic & smoked bacon

on 25/01/2012

A tasty & quick pasta dinner!

Yesterday, I made this quick & tasty dinner. I made this with foods from my pantry & fridge.

My husband Peter & I loved it so much that we are going to make it again soon,…!!! πŸ˜‰

Recipe: For 2 persons, with seconds


350 gr gluten-free , egg-free spaghetti or normal spaghetti / I used ShΓ€rs, this one!

3 fat cloves of garlic, peeled & finely diced

600 gr young spinach leaves, washed, cleaned, spun dry & big stalks removed

200 gr gluten-free & dairy-free smoked bacon pieces

1/2 teaspoon of a good garlic powder

about 250 to 300 ml of cooking water of the spaghetti

a fruity EVOO

To serve: grated Parmesan cheese


1. Cook your pasta according to your packet instructions but add 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder to the boiling water. Stir. When the spaghetti is al dente, drain well but keep some of the cooking water for later use. I reserved about 300 ml. Keep warm. Add some of the hot boiled cooking water, bit by bit just that you end up with a non-sticking pasta & that the cooking water will create a bit of a sauce when you add the other ingredients later.

2. At the same time, take a large non-stick frying pan & add 1 to 2 tablespoons of oil. Swirl. Heat up, on medium high. When hot & sizzling, add the cut up garlic pieces. Fry for about 2 to 3 minutes. Now, add the smoked bacon pieces & fry for about 5 to 10 minutes until the bacon is crisp, golden & cooked through. Stir often & do not let the garlic burn! Adjust the heat if you need to. Place a fitting lid on & keep warm.

3. At the same time, take a large cooking pot & pour 1 tablespoon of the fruity EVOO in it. Heat up on high. When hot, add the spinach leaves, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water & let the spinach wilt. Place the lid on & check it regularly. Add some black pepper & some Maldon sea salt. Taste! It has to taste fab! Add the spinach to the pan with the bacon & fried garlic. Stir well.

Take your pasta pot & check the liquid in it. Toss the spaghetti round & add the wilted spinach, the bacon & garlic pieces. Taste! It has to taste fab! You must taste the smoked bacon , the seasoned spinach, the garlic in the pot & in the spaghetti. Add the spinach , bacon mix to the pot of spaghetti & mix carefully. Spoon onto 2 serving plates. It is so tasty on its own but when you add some grated Parmesan cheese over your plate, you will end up with a bit of a cheese sauce. Yum, I say! πŸ™‚ Enjoy, my friends!

Note: When you have left-overs, this dish is even more lovely the next day, eaten cold too πŸ™‚


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30 responses to “Gluten-free spaghetti with spinach, garlic & smoked bacon

  1. Hotly Spiced says:

    That’s a mid-week family meal we would all love around here. And it photographs so well too – love the colours.

  2. Kira says:

    *DROOL* oo this sounds so yummy darls!

    • Sophie33 says:

      Hello my friend, at the other end of the world,…all the way in Australia!!!!
      I have missed you heeps! πŸ˜‰
      Your daughter is a bit older now & a cuty too! πŸ™‚

  3. boeddhamum says:

    A great pasta dish, for the non-meat eaters I would suggest roasted pinenuts!!

    • Sophie33 says:

      Thanks, Linda, that’s a great idea!
      This would also taste better with fresh sheep’s milk ricotta added to the warm pasta instead of the bacon!

  4. Ina Gawne says:

    Sounds yummy Sophie! I love bacon with pasta – and any greens would be lovely in this dish too!

  5. Koko says:

    A great weekday dish, Sophie! Your gluten free spaghetti looks almost just like regular spaghetti! Isn’t it great when you make a dish for someone and they just love it? Lucky Peter!!

  6. Want it. Now! That looks so delish πŸ™‚

  7. Tandy says:

    I love this pasta dish πŸ™‚

  8. Julie says:

    A great dose of healthy greens here, looks tasty.

  9. Mmmmmmm….. Bacon makes everything so tasty!

  10. Tammy says:

    Such a simple flavorful dish! My kids will eat anything with bacon.

  11. Jeannie says:

    My sons love spaghetti cooked without cream so I know they would love this very much, anything with bacon should be really yummy!

  12. ruthmartins says:

    A really good balance of flavours! Maybe I can get my son to eat spinach this way πŸ™‚

  13. Valerie says:

    Delicious! Pasta is at its best with just a few simple flavours!

  14. ohh sophie love the new site my dear!

  15. JK Bevill - Lost Creek Publishing says:

    Reblogged this on lost creek publishing.

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