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This quick and delicious breakfast pasta recipe is a go-to for busy days. Kids like it, too.
You can use whole wheat pasta or gluten-free pasta, as needed. Either way, this is a delicious and filling first meal of the day!
Can Pasta Be Served As Breakfast?
Believe it or not, yes! In fact, in some countries, it’s quite traditional. I’ve even seen recipes for pasta served with sugar and cinnamon. Sounds odd, but if you think about it, it’s just dough with sugar and cinnamon. So basically, a doughnut or cinnamon bun in a different form. Odd yes, strange…. not so much!
Who Eats Pasta For Breakfast?
Traditionally, countries like Vietnam and Myanmar have been eating pasta for breakfast for centuries!
What Is Breakfast Pasta?
No, I’m not going to go tell you to sprinkle some sugar and cinnamon on cooked pasta. If I did, somebody should consider taking away my keyboard privileges. Instead, I’ll share a recipe below along with some variations you can play around with. But in short, it’s pasta mixed with breakfast foods such as bacon and eggs and maybe even a little parmesan.
What Pasta Should I Use?
You can actually just pick your favorite with this dish. There aren’t too many shapes that won’t work here. You can use wholegrain pasta, gluten-free pasta or any wholegrain pasta you prefer. I personally used Banza pasta. It’s delicious and gluten-free! For different pasta shapes, try:
- Bow ties
What About Making A Sauce?
You can absolutely make a carbonara sauce with the eggs instead of scrambling them here. I personally like this with the eggs scrambled, but some may feel like it’s too dry. If that’s the case, carbonara is the way to go and will add a lot of creaminess. You can read how to make it here. Making carbonara is not difficult and simply involves making a creamy sauce using egg yolk or whole, large eggs.
- Red bell peppers, chopped.
- Mushrooms, sliced or chopped.
- Potatoes, cubed small.
- Broccoli, chopped small.
- Asparagus, chopped to about a 1/2 inch
- Fresh tomatoes, chopped. Cherry tomatoes work really well here.
- Chopped fresh parsley mixed in or sprinkled on top for garnish.
- Green onions, sliced thin and sprinkled on for garnish.
- Sliced sausage, cooked to package directions. You can either add this or use this in place of the bacon.
- Add chopped pancetta.
- Melt butter and drizzle it over the top.
About The Ingredients
Wholegrain Pasta – Cook this to package directions. You can use any pasta you like. If you need gluten-free pasta, use it!
Bacon – Use good quality bacon. Look for bacon without any added sugar. I used turkey bacon by Applegate. It has a clean ingredient list and is far healthier than pork bacon. But use what you feel is best. My definition of “healthy” may be different than yours.
Eggs – You can use as much or as little as you like.
Garlic – Mince this small. The smaller the better. You can also press the garlic if that’s easier.
Onions – I find purple onions to be the best in flavor, but you can use yellow onions too.
Ground black pepper and salt – Add to taste when done cooking.
Cheese – This is optional. I did not use any. But if you want to add some, good choices are parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, or something a little more exotic like smoked cheese.
How To Make Breakfast Pasta
Boil the pasta in a large pot of salted water to package directions. Drain and set aside.
While the pasta cooks, cook the bacon any way you choose, then chop it into bacon bits.
Chop and mince the onions and garlic, respectively.
In a large skillet, warm the oil.
Place the onions in the hot pan and sauté until the onions begin to have a few golden edges. Then, in the last minute of cooking the onions, add the garlic and sauté for that 1 minute.
Add the egg mixture to the pan and cook fully, scrambled over medium heat.
Once that’s done, add the bacon and pasta to the skillet and stir well to combine. Season with salt and pepper to your liking. If it seems a bit dry, you can spritz it with a light coat of oil from an oil sprayer.
Serve with a cup of coffee.
How To Store Breakfast Pasta
If you have leftover pasta, transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days. Freezing is not recommended.
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- 1 pasta pot
- 1 Large Skillet
- 1 Cutting board
- 1 good knife
- ½ lb. pasta (cooked to package directions)
- 4 strips bacon
- 1 cup chopped purple onion
- 4 large garlic cloves (minced or pressed)
- 4 large eggs (whisked)
- Cook the pasta in salted water to package directions. Drain and set aside.
- While the pasta cooks, cook the bacon any way you choose, then chop it into bacon bits.
- Chop and mince the onions and garlic, respectively.
- In a large skillet, warm the oil.
- Place the onions in the hot pan and sauté until the onions begin to have a few golden edges. Then, in the last minute of cooking the onions, add the garlic and sauté for that 1 minute.
- Add the whisked egg to the pan and cook fully, scrambled.
- Once that's done, add the bacon and pasta to the skillet and stir well to combine. Season with salt and pepper to your liking. If it seems a bit dry, you can spritz it with a light coat of oil from an oil sprayer.
- Serve with a cup of coffee.