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Bucatini with Spinach, Bacon, Creamy Parmesan Sauce

Bucatini Pasta with Spinach, Bacon, and Buttery Garlic Parmesan Sauce is an easy Italian dinner to make at home! Simple weeknight meal that takes 30 minutes. Bucatini smothered in a buttery Parmesan sauce is perfect comfort food!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 554 kcal
Author Julia


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 2/3 cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 oz spinach
  • 8 oz bucatini
  • 6 strips bacon cooked, chopped
  • black pepper coarsely ground


  1. In a large skillet, heat butter on medium heat. Add minced garlic. Cook, stirring, for about 1 minute.
  2. Add half-and-half and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer. Add shredded Parmesan cheese. Keep stirring, while simmering, for a couple of minutes, until the cheese melts, and the sauce is creamy.
  3. Stir in spinach. Remove from heat. Close the skillet with the lid. The spinach will wilt.
  4. In the meantime, cook bucatini pasta in boiling water according to package instructions. It should be about 10 minutes for regular texture, or 8 minutes al dente. Reserve some pasta water. Drain.
  5. Add cooked bucatini pasta to the skillet with the cream sauce. Reheat on medium-low heat.  The sauce should be pretty thick and should coat the noodles. If the sauce is too thick, add a small amount of pasta water (1/4 cup) to thin it out.

  6. Add chopped cooked bacon.
  7. Season each individual serving plate with coarsely ground black pepper.
Nutrition Facts
Bucatini with Spinach, Bacon, Creamy Parmesan Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 554 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 70mg23%
Sodium 732mg32%
Potassium 458mg13%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 3175IU64%
Vitamin C 9.7mg12%
Calcium 308mg31%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.