Bacon and Basil Pesto Pasta with Caesar Salad

Bacon and Basil Pesto Pasta with Caesar Salad

Ready in 30 minutes Serves 2
This dish most recently appeared in Heat 2 Cook 2 (4 Nights For 2) on Sunday, October 21, 2018.



  • 200g spiral pasta
  • 125g streaky bacon
  • ½ bunch broccolini
  • 1 courgette
  • ½ punnet cherry tomatoes
  • 40g basil pesto


  • 1 baby cos lettuce
  • 1/3 block shaved Parmesan cheese
  • 30g Caesar dressing


  1. Cook pasta Bring a medium pot of salted water to the boil. Add pasta to pot of boiling water and cook for 10-12 minutes, until just tender. Drain well and return to pot with a drizzle of oil to prevent sticking.
  2. Prep and cook bacon and veggies While pasta cooks, heat a drizzle of oil in a large fry-pan on high heat. Dice bacon 1cm and cook for 3-4 minutes, until golden. While bacon cooks, roughly chop broccolini into bite sized pieces and grate courgette.
  3. Add broccolini to pan and cook for about 1 minute. Add cherry tomatoes and cook for 1-2 minutes, until broccolini is tender and tomatoes are warmed through. Remove pan from heat and add drained pasta, courgette and basil pesto. Toss well and season.
  4. Prep salad Roughly chop lettuce and add to a medium bowl with all remaining Caesar salad ingredients. Toss and season.
  5. Serve pasta in bowls with salad on the side.

Nutritional Information

Energy 3379 kj
808 kcal
Protein 33.2g
Carbohydrate 71.3g
Fat 42.2g