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Hey Myke? Cook Me Something (Guest Post) – Spinach Rigatoni with Magic Bacon

Hello, my name is Myke

Hello Myke!

I like food.

Us too!

It’s why I am…ahem…rotund

Good thing you’re on Nutrisystem and working out huh?

True, although Allison and I sometimes get sick of the bean based Nutrisystem dinners (It’s how they get the calories down, it’s not marinara sauce, it’s beans in disguise) and we want a fresh cooked meal. So I decided to start cooking again, and over the last week I have played mad scientist with Allison’s taste buds and crafted a delicious dinner that’s right around 700 calories, which for a full dinner is not bad, especially since it has BACON in it! Who doesn’t love bacon.

Sounds delicious! What do I need and what is it called?

Spinach Rigatoni with Magic Bacon


  • 2-3 cups of chicken broth
  • 2-3 cups of your favorite non noodle pasta,  I use rigatoni.
  • 5 slices of bacon
  • 1/2 of a white onion
  • 2-3 cups of baby spinach
  • 2 individual cloves of garlic
  • 1 lemon
  • garlic powder or salt
  • ground black pepper
  • cilantro flakes (super special secret)
  • shredded Colby Jack cheese (optional, but it makes it delicious)

Before we begin, safety first, put on an awesome Captain America Apron:

I mean it, seriously go get one, I’ll wait for you.

Ok, now lets begin!

Step 1: Percolate the Pasta

Take the chicken broth, garlic salt, cilantro flakes, and black pepper and bring them to a boil in a sauce pan.

Add in the pasta.

Step 2: Burn the Bacon

Slice up your bacon into little squares of deliciousness.

Put the bacon into a hot pan and ad in black pepper, cilantro flakes and garlic salt (this makes it magic bacon).

Your stove should now look like this:

Step 3: Obliterte the Onions

Take the butter and melt it in a pan, get it nice and hot.

Take your onion and garlic cloves, chop them up.

Put them in with the butter.

Let’s check on the bacon:


Take a lemon and squeeze the juice into a cup so that you can pick out the seeds.

When your onions are nice and caramelized (brown). Move on to step 4.

Step 4: Sauté the Spinach

Pile your spinach on top of the onions. It will look like a lot, but they will reduce to about 1/5 of their starting size. Make sure to add cilantro flakes, black pepper and garlic salt to taste. I also add a pinch of sea salt.

Cook the spinach down and then add the bacon in (INCLUDING THE DELICIOUS FAT).

Mix and let it cook a little bit.

Step 5: Serve the Succulent Spread

Drain the pasta and place in your bowls.

Pour the spinach mixture on top.

Dress it up with some delicious garlic bread chips.

Before you eat, mix it together and add some shredded Colby Jack cheese for ultimate deliciousness.

Enjoy and Pinterest the heck of this!

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