Harissa Garlic Bacon Pasta Recipe + Video

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This Garlic Bacon Pasta recipe is incredibly simple and made with just 5 simple ingredients. Yes, this tasty 15 mins Bacon Garlic Pasta will be your new favourite weeknight supper, date night pasta and all round supper.

A bowl of harissa garlic bacon pasta recipe on a table with some cheese and a fork

It is not every day that you have a recipe that really focuses on the garlic right?  I mean apart from when you are worried about vampires and that sort of thing. But you know since that is rare, then yeah – it ain’t always about the garlic. Well at least for me not until this Harissa Garlic Bacon Pasta.

Just the thing needed to celebrate National Garlic Day right?

A bowl of harissa garlic bacon pasta with some cheese

How To Make Bacon Pasta

This recipe really is incredibly simple. It is made from 5 core ingredients aka garlic, pasta, spring onions (scallions), harissa and bacon. Do make sure you use some really good quality bacon – my preference has been the rather fab British spolitpig bacon, of which I have a whole drawer in the freezer.

Then it is also about making some really freshly fragrant garlic paste as smooth as you can. The others ingredients aka pine nuts and cheese are just extras. They are not strictly speaking necessary but they do make the Bacon Garlic Pasta flavours all pop and then some. So I say add them in liberally.

Step 1. Cook the pasta.

Step 2. Fry the bacon.

Step 3. Fry the spring onion (scallion)  and add in the garlic puree followed by the harissa paste.
Step 4. Return the bacon to the pan followed by the pasta and stir.
Step 5. Serve the pasta in bowls topped with pine nuts and cheese.

A pot with some harissa bacon garlic pasta recipe on a table

Why Make This Garlic Pasta

This one of those meals that is ready in the time it takes to boil the pasta. So yeah less than 15 mins guys. From start to finish. And it is over-the-top delicious. Perfect for date nights in, quick weeknight suppers and just when you need easy comfort food.  I made a little video (further below) to show you how easy it is to make this Bacon Garlic Pasta. Hopefully, it inspires you to try making it yourself.

Creamy Bacon Pasta

To make this a Creamy Bacon Pasta instead, simply add some double cream (heavy cream) and you are good to go.

Other Pasta Recipes

Mushroom Asparagus Pasta.

Easy Saffron Sauce Pasta With Figs.

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Garlic Bacon Pasta Recipe Video

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A bowl of harissa garlic bacon pasta recipe on a table with some cheese and a fork
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5 from 11 votes

Garlic Harissa Bacon Pasta

Garlic Harissa Bacon Pasta
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: African
Servings: 2
Calories: 583kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy


  • 200 g (7oz) pasta
  • 4 slices unsmoked bacon diced I used spoiltpig bacon
  • Olive oil
  • 4 spring onions sliced
  • 1.5 tsp garlic puree
  • 2 tbsp harissa paste
  • Pine nuts for topping
  • Soft cheese


  • Cook pasta according to the packet instructions and set aside somewhere warm.
  • Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat, add the bacon and fry for a few mins until done. Remove from the frying pan and set aside.
  • Add another tsp of olive oil to the pan and the spring onion and cook for a 1 min.
  • Stir in the garlic puree followed by the harissa past and cook for approx. 2 mins.
  • Return the bacon to the pan followed by the pasta and stir till the pasta is well coated before switching off the heat.
  • Serve the pasta in bowls topped with pine nuts and cheese
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Calories: 583kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 502mg | Potassium: 431mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 340IU | Vitamin C: 8.1mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg















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  1. 5 stars
    I love to add harissa but don’t think I have added it to pasta. I will definitely pick up on your idea.

  2. 5 stars
    This seems like such a fantastic combination! First pig– always a winner, but garlic — you’re tugging at my heartstrings. And pasta – I never met a noodle I didn’t like!

  3. 5 stars
    This sounds so delicious. The bacon and the harissa are my two favorite things!! Can’t wait to try.

  4. 5 stars
    I hadn’t heard about national garlic day. This pasta looks savory and delicious!

  5. I couldn’t make it through the headline without drooling all over myself – and am not usually one to drool over pasta but this sounds delicious! Bring on ALL the garlic I say! ๐Ÿ™‚