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Bacon Avocado Pasta

An easy 20 minute pasta dish loaded with fresh avocado, crisp bacon and Parmesan goodness. And you know that everything is better with bacon!

Bacon Avocado Pasta - An easy 20 minute pasta dish loaded with fresh avocado, crisp bacon and Parmesan goodness!

We interrupt your regularly scheduled post to bring you this very important public service announcement: Butters in a cone. Ever since he was neutered on Wednesday, he has been wearing this huge cone and he is just so ridiculously cute. He runs into doorways and walls, and then he gets really stubborn and just stays by the door since he can’t get through.

Bacon Avocado Pasta - An easy 20 minute pasta dish loaded with fresh avocado, crisp bacon and Parmesan goodness!

But enough about Butters. Let’s talk bacon! And avocado. My two favorite ingredients of all time tossed in the easiest pasta dish known to man. You can toss in more veggies to taste but I kept it nice and simple with red onion and tomatoes. Plus, you can’t go wrong with freshly grated Parmesan on top, right?

Bacon Avocado Pasta - An easy 20 minute pasta dish loaded with fresh avocado, crisp bacon and Parmesan goodness!

The best part about this dish is that it can be served hot or cold. And the freshly squeezed lemon juice will preserve the avocados for a bit so you can even make this 1-2 hours ahead of time, making it perfect for a picnic!

Bacon Avocado Pasta

An easy 20 minute pasta dish loaded with fresh avocado, crisp bacon and Parmesan goodness!

10 minutes10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces fusili pasta
  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 avocados, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, chiffonade
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, or more, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  3. In a large bowl, combine pasta, bacon, avocado, tomatoes, onion and basil. Stir in Parmesan, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Serve hot or cold, garnished with Parmesan, if desired.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 520.8 Calories from Fat 345.6
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 38.4g 59%
Saturated Fat 6.5g 33%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Cholesterol 12.7mg 4%
Sodium 125.0mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 39.3g 13%
Dietary Fiber 4.9g 20%
Sugars 3.5g
Protein 6.8g 14%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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32 comments

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    I wasn’t sure about avocado, olive oil, and lemon juice combination, but it’s wonderful.   I will be making this pasta salad again.   Thank you for sharing the recipe. 

  2. After reading how simple it is to make, I printed it out and I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  3. Been making a similar pasta for awhile now. Would encourage adding other veggies, whatever you like and depending what you have on hand. Also, add leftover roasted veggies as well. Your recipe is wonderful for summer! Thank you for suggesting it cold as us in AZ can’t do hot when it 115 degrees outside!

  4. Headed to a memorial, and can’t wait to share with a great family. Hot or cold, it is a great potluck dish.

  5. I made it tonight with turkey bacon, and it was delicious!!! 

  6. Would chicken or turkey bacon work as an alternate? Thank you.

  7. I already used up my avocado for guacamole:( is there any way I can incoporate my guacamole into this?

  8. I knew I liked you……you’re a fellow Corgi lover! I’ve got many, LOL. THIS pasta dish is exquisitely yummy. It has now been tossed into my usual “cycle” of meals. Well, this one and the pest pasta with asparagus and egg on top. Thank you for these amazing recipes you share with us! YUMMY

  9. I rarely post comments on recipes, but this pasta is AMAZING!! Extremely easy to make and beyond delicious. This recipe gets 5 stars from me!! 🙂

  10. Question :D. If I was making this salad the night before (for a class potluck), what components should I separate and add the night or the day before? Thanks 🙂

    • Vanessa, I would hold off on this step until the day of:

      Stir in Parmesan, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and pepper, to taste.

      I also recommend holding off on the avocado to prevent it from turning brown.

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  12. If I am serving this cold, would you recommend adding the avocado at the last minute? Or is there something I can do not to have them turn brown?

  13. This recipe is one of the best ever made! I added some kale and red bell pepper, and i’ve sautteed them with the onion. It was fab!

  14. This was good, and I used crappy chemical parmesan cheese. I think it would be over the moon with freshly grated good stuff.

  15. I love the salad combo—-bacon and avocado—-WOW! But I love your dog waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more. Too sweet and cute. The Corgi I am the ‘aunt’ to, is
    remarkable.

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  17. Just wanted to tell you that I love your recipes, I try at least one every week since I joined your blog, and I have to say they are easy to make and absolutely delicious. Thank you :))))
    Love the pictures as well!!!
    Keep up the good work.

  18. How I wish I were having this for dinner! Avocados are like my favorite food ever! Okay I have a lot of them but avocados is definitely up there – and bacon of course. Love this!

  19. Aww, poor Butters! He looked so relieved when he got a break from the cone. Love this pasta – perfect summer side!

  20. The Blond Cook shared your recipe and I had to check it out! Awesome dish and perfect for anytime of year! This will be a staple for us. I’ve been wanting to get avacado in our meals and this is a great way!

  21. Great post! I so smiled reading about Butters’ … well … situation. The cone photo is precious. I have a nearly 14-yr old Chow mix named Titus; aren’t our faithful canine companions simply the best?! Oh, and great recipe, too. Will make it soon using fresh tomatoes, onion, and basil from my garden.

  22. Oh Butters, what a face – so adorable and hopefully he gets his cone off soon!

    This salad is the perfect summer salad – that shape of pasta is my favorite. I think it tastes better 🙂

  23. On no – the cone of shame! So cute. Yummy pasta!!

  24. And with gluten free pasta, another dish to add to the repertoire!

  25. I love your recipe and Butters too. Thank you. Have a Great Sunday!