Sweet Bacon Penne Pasta Salad

This colorful dish will bring some sunshine to your dreary cold winter days.  Warning this Pasta Salad is addictive. My boys kept coming in the kitchen and nibbling on it after I had served it to them for dinner.  It’s easy to whip up and delicious, I especially love all the colors in it!

Sweet Bacon Penne Pasta Salad from Mi Cocina


  • 1 Bag 180z Cooked Penne Pasta
  • 5 slices of Bacon crumbled
  • 1/3 cp White Vinegar
  • 3 tbl Honey/brown sugar
  • 1/2 cp Mayo or more if you want it creamier
  • 2 cps grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cp diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cp diced yellow bell pepper
  • 1 cp of chopped broccoli
  • 3/4 cps of crumbled feta or cubed mozzarella
  • a handful of shredded spinach
  • 1/3cp of cranberries or raisins (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cook bacon until it’s done.  Place bacon in paper towel and remove all but 2tbl of the grease.

  1. Add honey, vinegar to the pan of grease and stir until it is a smooth texture about 1 minute.
  2. Remove from heat and add mayo while mixture is still warm.  If you want it sweeter add more honey or creamier add more mayo.
  3. In a large bowl add cooked pasta and pour Sweet Bacon dressing over the cooked pasta.
  4. Mix in veggies, crumbled bacon, cranberries and crumbled feta.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

You can serve it warm or refrigerate and serve cold.  I prefer mine cold.

This is great recipe to whip up for a party or to serve as the main course or a side for your meal.

The awesome pasta dish above is via Kalyn’s Kitchen go check out her: Penne Pasta with Tomato, Herb, & Feta

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24 Responses to “Sweet Bacon Penne Pasta Salad”

  1. January 22, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    Wow! Looks yummy! Definitely will have to try this! Thanks for sharing at TGIF!

  2. January 23, 2012 at 7:22 am #

    This looks awesome!

  3. January 23, 2012 at 7:35 am #

    THis looks way delicious! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a GREAT week,
    Beth =-)

  4. January 23, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    This looks so yummy!!!

  5. January 23, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    looks so lovely and makes me think summer!

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    • January 26, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

      Yes, I thought that too but it was one of those recipes that was semi healthy and had a lot of veggies to get me through my new goal to eat better! Gotta get out of these cold winter day fatty casseroles. Their good but not so good for my waistline.

  6. January 24, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    This sound so good, and everything I like, Pasta, feta, bacon, and good amount of veggies. I’ll be trying this out. Thanks for sharing all your inspiration at Sunday’s Best Party!

  7. January 25, 2012 at 8:13 am #

    It looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing. Love your space.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  8. January 25, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    This salad looks so good! Love pasta salad! Thanks for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday! We would love to have you back next Saturday and share more of your recipes! -The Sisters

  9. January 25, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    Oh yum…bacon and pasta what’s not to love!

  10. January 25, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    Thank you for sharing this terrific recipe at Potpourri Friday

  11. January 27, 2012 at 2:02 am #

    These look great! Please post at my Taste This Thursday party! http://www.bellmiracle.blogspot.com

  12. Anonymous
    January 27, 2012 at 3:41 am #

    This sounds great, but might be made even better by the addition of some chocolate. Just a thought.

  13. January 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    That looks really good….I’d like to invite you to share this @ CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet Party
    going on now-Sunday night……Have a wonderful weekend!

  14. January 29, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    Yummy! Glad you shared your recipe at Shine on Fridays!

  15. January 31, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    I featured you today 🙂



  16. January 31, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    Yummmm! Looks delish! I’m pinning this for sure! Thanks for sharing at the Crazy Cute party! 😀

  17. Tammy
    May 26, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    Just made this to have for dinner! It is a wonderful recipe! Thanks for sharing!

    • Mari
      May 26, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

      Tammy, Thanks for stopping by and telling us that you made it. We always love to hear when our readers try one of our recipes, crafts, etc… Yay, I am so glad that you loved it!



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