Best ever bacon recipes

Bacon is such a guilty pleasure, and we have lots of easy and indulgent bacon recipes to try - bacon-laced chowder, mac 'n' cheese, dead good spaghetti carbonara, bacon and egg martini AND Dan Doherty's candied bacon ice cream with bourbon sauce... it's a bacon bonanza

Bacon and sweetcorn chowder

This creamy, hearty soup is packed with sweetcorn, potato and crisp bacon. It’s made with milk rather than cream so it’s also surprisingly low-cal. A quick warming supper for two.


Mac ‘n’ cheese with bacon

How do you make mac ‘n’ cheese better? Add bacon of course!  This oozing cheesy pasta bake is also rich with Red Leicester and finished with a crunchy breadcrumb topping. Double up the recipe for a family meal.

Smoky bacon caesar salad with parmesan croutons

A quick idea for Caesar salad using smoky bacon rashers. An easy homemade dressing makes this a fast and simple midweek meal, and Parmesan croutons are a great finishing touch.

Bacon and egg picnic pie

Bacon & egg picnic pie is full of flavour and a great one to pack up and take on a picnic or for an al fresco lunch. It looks really impressive but is actually very easy. Make this summery classic with step-by-step help from olive’s test kitchen

Dead good spaghetti carbonara

Creamy, classic carbonara is a bound to please a crowd. We love it with parmesan and lots of freshly ground black pepper.

Cobb salad with green goddess dressing

Cobb salad is an American classic of chopped tomatoes, avocado, leaves and crisp bacon. Our version adds blue cheese, sourdough croutons and a green goddess dressing. 

Bacon and blue cheese-stuffed burger

These bacon and blue-cheese stuffed burgers are sure to be a crowd-pleaser. This recipe uses a great technique we picked up from America – putting the bacon and cheese in the burger mix keeps the patty incredibly juicy. 

Bacon and roasted tomato risotto

This comforting risotto is ready in just 30 minutes and can be made using ingredients you may already have in your fridge and store cupboard – perfect to whip up after work. 

Chicken braised with cider and bacon

We love this really easy chicken recipe with a delicious, cidery sauce. After 40 minutes in the oven, the flavours of the cider and bacon really come through.

Candied bacon

Just when you thought bacon couldn’t get any better, we glaze it with maple syrup. Serve this for brunch with poached eggs, or break into small pieces as a nibble with drinks.

Dan Doherty’s candied bacon ice cream with bourbon sauce

Bacon and ice cream – two of our favourite things combined into one recipe by Dan Doherty of Duck and Waffle. What’s more, it’s served with a boozy bourbon sauce. It’s the perfect grown-up treat. Use good quality maple syrup for this or the flavour won’t be strong enough.

Bacon and egg martini

This cocktail recipe from LCC Shoreditch uses fat-washed (bacon-infused) Jack Daniel’s, first done in New York in the 90s for a Benton’s Old Fashioned. Mix that with maple syrup and you’ve got breakfast in a glass.

Easy okonomiyaki

These trendy Japanese savoury pancakes are popping up everywhere and are a brilliant way to use summer cabbage. This is a super-simplified version.

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