Macaroni and ummmm Bacon!

by zesty on January 27, 2010 · 12 comments

OK so as you read the title you say to yourself, “here he goes again”.  Does zesty put bacon on everything lately?  Well the answer is no but I just had to use up the rest of the pound in which I used for the Baked Pasta Casserole and I didn’t want to throw it out.  Everyone knows how easy and quick pasta is to make not to mention how economical it can be to feed a crowd.  With that said you have to try this little creation that doesn’t take 15 minutes.


I used some ground turkey, bacon and some simple homemade pasta sauce from the freezer to really create this ensemble.  Dead easy and it tasted decent!


  • 1 lb Whole Wheat macaroni
  • 1/2 lb Ground Turkey
  • 1 Cup chopped mushrooms
  • 10 slices of Bacon
  • 2 cloves of Garlic
  • 2 Cups Tomato Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Dash of Hot sauce ( red pepper flakes will also work )
  • Parmesan Cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to directions.
  2. Preheat sauce pan to medium heat and start browning the bacon.
  3. Continue cooking the bacon until done and then remove from the pan.  Drain the excess grease from the pan leaving about a teaspoon.
  4. Add the ground turkey, garlic, salt and pepper and cook until no longer pink, add mushrooms and continue cooking for 3 minutes.
  5. Chop the bacon up and add back to the pan.
  6. Add the cooked pasta back and mix; toss in the sauce and let sit for 5 minutes.
  7. Serve and add Parmesan cheese.
  8. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: Make sure to cook the bacon by itself and without anything that would release a liquid.  This will ensure that the bacon will get crispy.

There you have it, a simple quick dinner that can feed the family.  This is great for leftovers for the next day at work.  Don’t feel that you have to follow the recipe to a “t” – feel free to add what you have on hand.

I am in management meetings all day this week which is fun but it does drain you for the evenings.  I am in the middle of trying to figure out what to have for a quick dinner.  Any suggestions?  Have a great day!

Take care


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