5 Ingredient Pasta

This recipe came to me after an incredibly late night at work when I was pretty hungry, but wasn’t in the mood for the only fast food joint open: Ol’ Taco Bell. What I really wanted was pasta. I wanted a heavy, comfy, full on carb overload.

I also love this recipe because it’s literally five ingredients. Five cheap ingredients. We’re not counting salt and pepper because I hope everyone has these in their kitchen…

I knew that combining melted butter and crushed garlic would result in a mellow but pungent sauce. Garlic salt won’t do this combo justice. If you want to make this recipe right, fresh garlic is key.

What I didn’t know is that the addition of bacon would add yet another level of flavor and texture I hadn’t even thought about. It’s not that I don’t like bacon, it’s just not a staple in my apartment. And on the night I created this recipe, I just so happened to have bacon. You definitely don’t have to have it, but it adds a crunchy texture and salty tang that you wouldn’t have otherwise.

Since the butter is the only “sauce” for the pasta, you’ll need quite a bit of it, if you don’t use any of the bacon grease left over from the pan. I always pour the grease into a coffee cup because I use it when I cook green beans. I’m in the South and we use bacon grease in everything. For this recipe, keep just a little bit of grease in the pan. A thin layer will do. AND ALL THOSE BROWN BITS FROM THE BACON, GIRL. You need em.

You can use any kind of pasta you like. I normally use spaghetti or thin spaghetti. I also tend to like my pasta a bit on the undone side, so I take the pasta out a minute or two before the box says.

The takeaway from this is that you don’t have to have a ton of ingredients to create a delicious and relatively quick recipe. Make this dish and you’ll know what I mean.

5 Ingredient Pasta

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3-4 slices bacon
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 8-10 ounces pasta
  • Salt and pepper


  1. In a medium or large saucepan, cook slices of bacon until desired crispiness. Drain bacon on paper towels. Pour most of the grease out of the pan, saving a thin layer for sauce.
  2. In a large pot, bring water to a boil and cook pasta according to directions on box.
  3. In the bacon pan, add butter and melt over medium to medium high heat. Crush garlic and add to melted butter and bacon grease. Add crushed pepper flakes.
  4. While the pasta and sauce are cooking, chop bacon into medium size chunks.
  5. When garlic has browned, take it out of the pan. Add crushed pepper flakes and flash fry for just a few seconds. Add cooked pasta and chopped bacon to pan.
  6. Serve immediately.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. This is an amazing and simple recipe to try. Sometimes I look at recipes and think there’s too many components or steps, but this one was great for a lazy night. I didn’t have any red pepper flakes, so I had to make due with some ground black pepper but it was still absolutely delicious! The bacon was really a great addition for added flavor and crunch. I also left a little bit more of the bacon grease in the pan with the butter and garlic. Definitely, recommend this recipe! It’s so quick, easy, and delicious!


    1. Thanks so much!! I bet it was just as yummy with the black pepper 🙂


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