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Pasta with Grape Tomatoes, Bacon and Mozzarella Cheese

Serves 4 to 6

This is a quick, easy and delicious Italian-inspired pasta recipe that is also quite healthy, especially if you use whole wheat pasta and part-skim mozzarella cheese. I really like it with the bacon, but it can be omitted for an equally tasty vegetarian presentation.


Cook the pasta according to package directions for al dente.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and sauté just until they are softened. Add the bacon bits, basil, salt and pepper. When the pasta is cooked, drain it, reserving a little of the cooking liquid. Add the pasta to the sauce with enough reserved liquid to bring everything together. Add the mozzarella cheese and toss well. Cover and heat just until the cheese is melted. Serve immediately, passing the Parmesan or Romano separately.