Bacon and Mushroom Penne With Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is a recipe that I found online. I have modified this recipe slightly by adding bacon, mushroom and sunflower seed. It works equaly well with chorizo instead of bacon. Sunflower seed is optional, it gives a bit of texture to the dish.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook the pasta as directed on the package. Drain and reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
  2. Chop bacon, fry gently in a frying pan.
  3. Add mushrooms.
  4. Blend the sun-dried tomatoes and their oil, garlic, and basil in a food processor and blend until the tomatoes are finely chopped.
  5. Transfer the tomato mixture to a large bowl. Stir in the Parmesan.
  6. Add the pasta, mushrooms and bacon to the pesto and toss to coat, adding enough reserved cooking liquid to moisten.
  7. Season the pasta, to taste, with salt and pepper and serve.
Most Helpful

Enjoyed the flavors. I used Walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes in oil and pulsedthe pesto in the food processor. Cooked the other ingredients and tossed with some spiral pasta. Made for "I recommend" tag game.

Caroline Cooks August 14, 2008

I also added my garlic to the onions, - oh, I added an onion! - and in fact did not make a pesto, cooked off the onion, bacon, added mushrooms, and added the finely sliced sun-dried tomatoes and basil close to the end. I also used pine-nuts, since thats what I had. Tossed it with wholewheat fusilli and my DH enjoyed this so much, he had seconds...almost unheard of!!!! Thank you for a very nice recipe!!! Made for PAC Spring 2008

Karen Elizabeth April 29, 2008