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Angel Hair Pasta with Bacon & Garlic

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This pasta dish is like a lightened up Spaghetti Carbonara and it is delicious!

It has a few of my favorite things – pasta, bacon and garlic.

Another bonus is that it’s an easy recipe, ready in about 20 minutes.

According to the WW app one cup of Spaghetti Carbonara is 16 points. This Angel Hair with Bacon & Garlic is only 8 points for a one cup serving.

That’s for Weight Watchers blue plan, purple plan and green plan.

Click here to view your WW Personal Points and track it on your app.

There’s a few things I did to keep this recipe low in points, the first is I used center cut bacon.

Center cut bacon is leaner than regular bacon, it has more protein and less fat. It’s been my go-to bacon for years.

I also limited the amount of oil I used. Instead of loading up on oil I reserved the pasta water once the noodles were done cooking.

Spaghetti Carbonara typically has about a cup of Parmesan cheese in it, that’s 11 points. I left out the Parmesan cheese for this pasta dish because the bacon and garlic give it so much flavor.

You can top your pasta dish with two tablespoons of shredded Parmesan cheese for only 1 point.

How to make Angel Hair Pasta with Bacon & Garlic:

I started by bring a large pot of water to a boil. I added some salt to the water then the angel hair pasta. Let it cook until al dente, according to the package directions.

While that was going on I chopped 5 pieces of bacon. I added the bacon to a large nonstick skillet and let it cook for about 5 minutes.

Since you want to reserve some of the pasta water (about 1 cup) there’s two ways you can go about doing it.

One is to put a measuring cup in and get the water before draining the noodles. Be very careful since the water is very hot.

The other way is to use tongs to pull out the angel hair pasta. I remove the pasta and put it right into a strainer.

Once the bacon is done cooking I add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 3 cloves of minced garlic. Let that cook for a minute then add in the cooked pasta.

The final step is to add in the pasta water, I used about 1/2 cup. I suggest adding a little at a time so it’s not to watery.

I also added salt and black pepper. You’ll want to try the pasta before adding the salt because the bacon is salty. You shouldn’t need to add much.

Angel Hair Pasta with Bacon and Garlic tastes great with red pepper flakes, fresh parsley or grated cheese.

I usually serve this dish with a low point salad. It’s a perfect meal!

All of my posts include the Weight Watchers points on the recipe card. That way you always know the points of the dish. 🙂

Angel Hair Pasta with Bacon & Garlic
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Yield: 4 servings (each serving is about 1 cup, 8 points per serving for blue, green and purple)

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  • 8 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta
  • 5 slices center cut bacon
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • red pepper flakes, parsley or Parmesan cheese
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a teaspoon of salt and the angel hair pasta. Cook according to the package directions. When the pasta is done cooking reserve one cup of the water.

  2. Chop the bacon and add it to a large heated skillet. Let it cook for 5 minutes or until the bacon is cooked through. Add the olive oil and garlic and cook 1 minute.

  3. Add in the cooked pasta and mix together. Slowly add in the reserved pasta water. Start with 1/2 cup and add more if needed.

Here are some more WW friendly pasta dishes:

Chicken Florentine Pasta

Butternut Squash and Sausage Pasta

Chicken Fajita Pasta

Pasta Primavera

If you’re looking for some zero point recipes, check out my post 20 Zero Point Recipes or my post 20 (More) Zero Point Recipes. Both are filled with delicious recipes that won’t cost you a single point! They’re perfect for days when you’re running low on points, or trying to save up points for a night out. 

If you’re looking for dessert recipes you can visit 50 Weight Watchers Freestyle Desserts. It’s filled with delicious desserts perfect for Weight Watchers!

Are you looking for a meal plan that’s Weight Watchers friendly? I have over 100 meal plans that you can choose from and I post a new one each week. Click here to check them out!

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