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Savory Pasta with Greens

4.7 from 3 reviews

We love this easy and delicious pasta with greens (and bacon)! This recipe has four main ingredients, it’s ready in 30 minutes and it’s super budget-friendly! You can make it vegan, and/or gluten-free – and also enjoy with fresh homemade crostini.


  • ½ lb bacon
  • 1 large onion, very thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp butter or additional bacon grease (optional)
  • 1 lb greens (any chard, any kale or beet greens), washed and sliced into 1″ pieces
  • 8 oz favorite pasta (spaghetti or shells – for gluten free, use any gluten free pasta)
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. In a heavy-bottomed skillet, cook bacon until almost crispy. Remove bacon from the pan but leave the grease. Add onion and cook over low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare pasta al dente according to package directions. Drain.
  3. Add the greens and cook until onions are caramelized and greens are wilted and cooked through, about 15 minutes. Add butter or additional bacon grease if the onions and greens seem dry.
  4. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  5. Add finished onion/chard and bacon to pasta and stir well to combine. Season to taste with salt & pepper.


  • This recipe is just enough for dinner for a family of four. If you want leftovers or have hearty eaters, double the recipe. Feel free to leave the amount of bacon the same – just add more bacon grease to start.
  • If you’re feeling fancy, add a couple of shavings of Parmesan cheese. Totally optional, of course.
  • If you’d like a vegan option, just omit the bacon! It’s still amazing without the bacon.
  • For gluten free, use any gluten free pasta.
  • Set a timer for the pasta and set the heat for the veggies on low. It’s that easy!


Keywords: Pasta with Greens, Pasta with Greens and Bacon