BLT Pasta with Arugula for Two

This BLT pasta post has been sponsored by Barilla®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


This simple one pot BLT pasta with arugula has all your classic flavors from a BLT sandwich in pasta form! This dish is full of flavor and comes together quickly thanks to the Barilla® Ready Pasta Rotini from Safeway, which allows you to add the fully cooked pasta during the last few minutes of the recipe. This pasta is great for a quick weeknight meal and would also be great for a simple, quick and satisfying camping recipe too. Because of how convenient and simple Barilla® Ready Pasta is, this meal is made much easier!


Ingredients for BLT Pasta


Bacon is the first ingredient, so you know this recipe is going to be good! Anytime I use bacon I prefer thick, center-cut pieces.

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes are sautéed in bacon grease in this recipe and bring lots of flavor. The colorful heirloom varieties add a fun pop of color to this dish.


Barilla® Ready Pasta Rotini makes it easy to create your own custom dish by adding your favorite ingredients to this pasta. Because Barilla Ready Pasta is already fully cooked, it only needs to be microwaved for 60 seconds, allowing this pasta recipe to be a quick one-pot meal. I shop often at Safeway, since they have such a wide variety of amazing products, and you can find this product at your local Safeway in the pasta section or on the Safeway mobile app. They currently have a J4U coupon offer for $0.50 off 1!

Baby Arugula helps to balance out the rich flavor from the bacon and adds a little green to the meal! Most of the arugula is wilted in the dish, but save a handful or so to garnish on top as well.

Parmesan Cheese is the perfect garnish grated over this pasta dish.

Flakey Salt & Freshly Ground Pepper

How to Make BLT Pasta

BLT Pasta recipe in GIF

This pasta is so simple to make. First, sauté bacon pieces in a large skillet. Once the bacon is cooked to the desired crispiness level, take the pieces out with a slotted spoon and set aside on a paper towel-lined plate.

Next, add tomato halves to the bacon grease, along with salt and pepper, and continue to sauté until tomatoes are starting to soften and almost fall apart. Now add back half of the bacon, and then the Barilla Ready Pasta Rotini, and stir to coat.

Lastly, add arugula into the skillet and continue to cook and stir until the arugula starts to wilt, about two minutes.

Serve immediately in two bowls and top with remaining bacon, a handful of fresh arugula and grated parmesan cheese. Add salt & pepper to taste.

BLT Pasta Recipe on Rainbow Delicious
5 from 20 votes

BLT Pasta with Arugula for Two

This pasta gives you all the amazing flavor of a BLT sandwich but in pasta form. Great for a quick lunch or weeknight dinner.

Course dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword BLT pasta, one pot
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Author Emily


  • 4 oz bacon cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 lb heirloom cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 8.5 oz package Barilla® Ready Pasta Rotini
  • 2 oz baby arugula plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • flaky salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Put bacon pieces in large skillet and cook on medium until crisp. Stir occasionally so it does not burn. Bacon should be done in about 8 minutes. Remove bacon from skillet and set aside on a paper towel lined plate.

    Bacon for BLT Pasta
  2. Add the tomato halves to the bacon grease, stirring often. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the tomatoes begin to fall apart. Add half of the bacon back to the skillet.

    Tomatoes for BLT Pasta
  3. Add Barilla Ready Pasta Rotini and stir to coat. Add arugula directly to the skillet. Cook until the arugula starts to wilt, about two minutes.

    One Pot BLT Pasta
  4. Serve in bowls and top with remaining bacon, arugula, and parmesan cheese. Serve with with flaky salt, and freshly ground pepper.

    BLT Pasta with Arugula

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If you make this BLT pasta please share on instagram using hashtag #rainbowdelicious & and tag me at @rainbowdelicious , I’d love to see what you are up to in your kitchen!


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  1. 5 stars
    BLT pasta is such a genius idea for a recipe! I cannot wait to give this a try! YUM!

  2. Emily Liao says

    Loved the BLT flavors in this one! So easy to make and delicious.

  3. 5 stars
    Arugula is so underrated but truly adds so much flavor like in this pasta! Need to make this soon!

  4. 5 stars
    Yum! My husband is going to love this recipe! Can’t wait to make this!

  5. 5 stars
    Looks beautiful and so fresh! I love arugula! Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Lesli Schwartz says

    5 stars
    This is such a pretty, colorful pasta dish! I adore arugula, so I’m happy you threw that in there, so yummy!

  7. 5 stars
    I haven’t had BLT Pasta salad since— wow, I think the last time I made it was in 2016? I had actually over the years forgot about it until I tried your version which was really good. I will be making it again soon!

  8. 5 stars
    MMMM. This is so good. I love the spicy peppery arugula with tomatoes and crispy bacon. Yum.

  9. 5 stars
    I love anything and everything ‘BLT’, it’s the best flavor combination ever! And I’m totally a center cut bacon girl, myself 😉

  10. Sondra Barker says

    This looks amazing. Cant wait to try. Thanks for sharing!!

  11. 5 stars
    I saw this on your instagram, it looks delicious! I’ll say it again – bacon and pasta is always yummy!!

  12. 5 stars
    I love this dish! Arugula is my favorite and adding it to pasta is perfect.

  13. 5 stars
    This is a great pasta idea for the family! Love the fresh veggies in it and that you gave it a healthy twist. Will make again.

  14. 5 stars
    My brother will definitely love this BLT pasta, I’ll make this for him once he visits me, again.

  15. 5 stars
    I love Barilla pasta! I know my family is going to love this salad!

  16. 5 stars
    What a great pasta recipe, this will be perfect for a quick weeknight meal for me to make for the family.

  17. Sondra Barker says

    5 stars
    Yum! This looks great. Love how quick and easy this looks. Cant wait to try. Thanks for sharing.

  18. 5 stars
    Love the twist to BLT. Interesting pasta recipe to try for dinner. Thanks for sharing. Pinned.

  19. 5 stars
    Love all that crunchy bacon topping! This BLT pasta is a yummy option for lunch, indeed!

  20. 5 stars
    oooo, what an interesting idea to mix a BLT with pasta, and to make it into one! i love this idea and i cant wait to make this for me and my family soon. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  21. Sapana Behl says

    5 stars
    BLT pasta salad looks so delcios and filling. I love the beautiful colors it has got and definitely makes a nice and filling meal.

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