This is Joe's new favorite dinner, and I don't mind making it because it's so incredibly easy! This makes enough to serve two generously, or three smaller portions. It's usually enough for Joe to eat for dinner one night and have leftovers to take to work the next day.
4 strips of bacon
2 cups whole wheat penne pasta
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 tablespoon butter
½ teaspoon dried oregano or basil
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
Meanwhile, cut bacon into small pieces. Place bacon in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until bacon is very crispy and deeply colored. Use a slotted spoon to remove bacon from skillet and transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
Add tomatoes to skillet with bacon drippings and cook tomatoes over medium high heat 2 to 4 minutes or until tomatoes are softened slightly. Add butter, oregano and red pepper flakes to skillet along with cooked pasta.
Divide pasta mixture among two bowls. Top with the bacon. Serve immediately.
Recipe by Espresso and Cream at http://espressoandcream.com/2014/04/quick-and-easy-bacon-tomato-penne.html