• 8 Ratings

Bacon meatballs are the key flavor moment in this pasta. When shaping the meatballs, make sure you can see bits of the bacon sticking out. They crisp up in the skillet, and their drippings form the base for the simple pan sauce.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


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Recipe Summary

30 mins
23 mins to 30 mins
Max Servings:
30 mini meatballs


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • In a medium bowl combine pork, bacon, garlic and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper until well mixed. Using a teaspoon, scoop the mixture into the palm of your hand and shape into 1-inch meatballs. Pieces of the bacon should be visible.

  • In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add half the meatballs. Cook and stir until meatballs are browned on all sides and the bacon is crisp, about 8 to 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer meatballs to paper towel; drain. Repeat with remaining meatballs. Reserving 1 Tbsp. bacon drippings in the skillet; set aside.

  • Cook pasta according to package directions in lightly salted water; drain. Reserving about 1/4 cup of cooking liquid.

  • Cook shallot in reserved bacon dripping, over medium-high heat, 3 to 4 minutes, scraping the bottom of the pan with wooden spoon to release the brown bits. Return meatballs to the skillet. Add tomatoes; cook 2 to 3 minutes. Add pasta and kale; toss to combine, adding pasta liquid as needed to moisten the pasta. Season with salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Top with Parmesan before serving.


Extra thick bacon does not work with this recipe. It's too big for the mini meatballs and doesn't stay incorporated into the meatballs when cooking.

Nutrition Facts

673 calories; total fat 37g; saturated fat 11g; polyunsaturated fat 6g; monounsaturated fat 18g; cholesterol 83mg; sodium 490mg; potassium 994mg; carbohydrates 55g; fiber 5g; sugar 6g; protein 32g; trans fatty acid 0g; vitamin a 7459IU; vitamin c 94mg; thiamin 1mg; riboflavin 1mg; niacin equivalents 12mg; vitamin b6 1mg; folate 174mcg; vitamin b12 1mcg; calcium 144mg; iron 4mg.


8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0