Favorite things pasta: cheddar, bacon, brussels sprouts and avocado

This pasta combines a few of my favorite things: cheddar cheese, avocado, brussels sprouts and bacon. This filling dish makes a great dinner that comes together in 30 minutes or less.

I use all natural, reduced-sodium bacon. And I use paper towels to remove some of the bacon’s grease once it is cooked.

The brussels sprouts bake in the oven while the pasta cooks. Some of the leaves on the sprouts may crisp up, and that’s OK.  

I like using bow-tie pasta for this meal, but rotini or penne could also work well.

After the bacon, sprouts and pasta cook, then you stir all of the ingredients together and serve.

Favorite things pasta

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Yields: 3


  • 4 cups of farfalle or bow-tie pasta
  • 3/4 cup of shredded cheddar
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 14 brussel sprouts
  • 1/2 of avocado


  1. Boil water for the pasta.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Slice the brussels sprouts in halves (or quarters if they are large).
  4. Bake the brussels sprouts for 20 minutes in the oven on a greased baking sheet.
  5. Cook the pasta (15 minutes).
  6. Pan fry the bacon until well cooked (about 10 minutes) over medium low heat. Drain on paper towels and cut into small pieces (about half and inch).
  7. Shred the cheese and set aside.
  8. Slice half of the avocado and cut slices into thirds.
  9. Strain the pasta.
  10. Mix all of the warm ingredients together in a pasta pot or large bowl. The cheese should melt as you stir.
This recipe easily serves three people or two with leftovers.

Carrie is the author of the Wise Taste food blog.

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