Creamy Bacon & Spinach Pasta

Creamy Bacon & Spinach Pasta

We joined up with Polly Markus to create delicious recipes using our Freedom Farms goodies.

This pasta dish hits a whole lot of classic notes, and is a delicious way to make a pack of bacon go a long way. Making the most of our great-value Freedom Farms Shoulder Bacon, this dish might just become one of your go-tos for feeding whānau or friends.

Serves 3-4.


  • 300g dried rigatoni pasta
  • 1 x 300g packet Freedom Farms shoulder bacon
  • 1 medium shallot, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 red chilli, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 250g spinach leaves
  • 1 cup ricotta
  • ¾ cup - 1 cup pasta water
  • Chopped flat-leaf parsley and grated parmesan to serve


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil, add the pasta and cook as per the packet instructions or until al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, chop the bacon into small pieces and fry in a pan until nearly crispy. Add the shallot, garlic, lemon zest, chilli, paprika and oregano. Stir around until the shallot starts to soften, then add the spinach and lemon juice and cook until the spinach wilts. Gently fold through the ricotta, and season well with salt and pepper.
  3. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water, add the pasta to the sauce and pour in enough pasta water to loosen.
  4. Mix it all together well, then sprinkle some chopped parsley and parmesan on top and enjoy.