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Shrimp and Bacon Linguine

I recently got a copy of The Flavor Bible. I figured it would help me find new flavor combinations that I had not previously thought of. And boy was I right. My latest flavor combo, which for some strange reason I had yet to try, is shrimp and bacon. I’m not quite sure why I had never tried it before but man oh man is it delicious. Take this pasta for instance with shrimp, bacon and onions trust me when I tell you you won’t be able to get enough.

I don’t normally recommend things on this blog, but I really am a fan of this book. Its not new, its been out for a while but I just bought myself a copy. It’s not your typical cookbook as there are no recipes in it. Instead it has hundreds of ingredients and tells you what flavors go best with each ingredient. I’ve learned so much from it already and I’ve only had it a week or two. For this reason, I’m also going to give away a copy. All you have to do is leave a comment telling me your favorite flavor combination. Sweet, salty, sour. Whatever. I’m curious. My personal favorite: garlic and onions. I’ll pick a winner at random.

Now on to the recipe.

Serves 4 – 6

You will need:


Shrimp and bacon linguine in blue bowl.

Shrimp and Bacon Linguine

Shrimp , bacon and onions combine to make a delicious pasta you won't be able to get enough of.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings



  • 1 pound dry linguine
  • 8 slices bacon diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 pound 51-60 count prawns, peeled and deviened
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • kosher salt


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat. Once browned, transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Reserve 1 tablespoon bacon drippings.
  • In the same pan you cooked the bacon in combine reserved bacon drippings and olive oil. Add onions and garlic. Cook 5 minutes or until softened. Pour in white wine, cook 1 minute. Add in prawns cook until opaque and cooked through, about 3 - 4 minutes.
  • By this time your pasta should be cooked. Add cooked pasta, bacon and chopped parsley to shrimp. Toss to combine. Season to taste with salt if needed. Serve hot.


Giveaway rules:
One entry per person.
No entries after 5pm pacific time on Saturday May 22.
I have personally purchased the book for the giveaway. I have not been compensated in any way for this post and book recommendation.
Tried this recipe?Mention @lifesambrosia or tag #lifesambrosia!
Keywords: bacon, Food, garlic, italian, linguine, onions, pasta, Prawns, Recipe, seafood, shrimp

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    Charles lee
    April 30, 2021 at 6:02 am

    5 stars
    I’m just starting to cook and I need recipes for sweet and salty and country food and how to season with herbs

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    September 20, 2012 at 6:32 am

    I have some recipes that use coconut milk and limes good new flavor for me

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    March 19, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    The shrimp and bacon lingunie recipe was the best i add the mushrooms to it and it was a great dinner with a good wine!! You have to try it Linda

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    November 12, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Bacon and jalapeño hands down. Both can be added to almost any savory dish!

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    May 24, 2010 at 6:20 am

    Thank you everyone for entering! I’ll be posting the winner later today :)

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    May 24, 2010 at 4:29 am

    I love an apple cider vinegar and sugar combo. It is tart and sweet at the same time.
    Thanks for the giveaway and for all your great recipes!!!

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    May 22, 2010 at 6:39 am

    Whiskey and chocolate. It sounds so weird, but it’s a devastating combination.

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    Anu Chathampally
    May 22, 2010 at 4:13 am

    my favorite combination is chocolate and almond. thanks for having the giveaway!

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    Cari Snell
    May 21, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Love salty! Paired with sweet is always a treat in my books! Lovely recipe and your photo is fabulous! Makes me want to jump right in with a fork!

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    May 21, 2010 at 10:29 am

    I think it really depends on my mood, the time of year, and what kind of food is in season… but I’ll never say no to the sweet/salty combination of a chocolate covered pretzel!

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    May 21, 2010 at 10:22 am

    I love tart and sweet… Like key lime pie with fresh whipped cream. Yummmmm.

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    May 21, 2010 at 9:26 am

    I have really been into the taste of Dark Chocolate and Chili Pepper…I thought my girlfriend was crazy when she suggested this combo but now I can not get enough of it. I add the chili flavor to almost every chocolate recipe I make now!
    Great giveaway, thanks.

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    May 21, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Sweet and Salty like kettle corn or a payday bar mmmm haven’t had one of those in years

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    May 21, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Fresh rosemary on top of eggs over easy.

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    May 21, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Lemon and olives are at the top of my list.

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    May 20, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    I don’t really have a favorite combo, but I’ve been making something similar to what you made, it’s a linguine with garlic & shrimp & mushrooms (cooked in butter, a few tablespoons, to make a sort-of-sauce) and some feta cheese to finish it :) (Can’t wait to try yours though!) Then there’s also chocolate banana bread… and french toast with peaches… sooo good.

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    May 20, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    My favourite flavour combination is probably chocolate and raspberry :) -(sweet & sour)

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    May 20, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Strawberry and rhubarb! Or at least, that’s all I can think about now that rhubarb season is here.

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    May 20, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    This looks amazing! I just bought a giant bag of Shrimp at Sam’s club last weekend and this is going on the menu!
    My favorite flavor combo is dark chocolate and peanut butter =) LOVE the sweet/salty combo!

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    May 20, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    I love your website! It always puts a smile face!! My favorite flavor combo right now is Thyme and lemon! So good!!

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    May 20, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I love the combination of sweet and savory… such as chicken and waffles. So good! Or maybe a mcmuffin with some jam.

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    May 20, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    I like really unexpected combinations. Right now I like strawberries and green garlic. they can actually take a lot of green garlic – I made a gazpacho with this combo (+ tomatoes), and also green garlic and strawberry sushi.

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    May 20, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    I am a sweet and salty fan:o)

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    May 20, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    My favourite flavour combinations vary. Currently, I’m stuck on this recipe for chocolate brie ganache. You thought that cheese and chocolate were sinful on their own? Try melting them together! Yum.

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    May 20, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    I love anything with the sweet and salty combination

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    May 20, 2010 at 10:53 am

    All year round, I will eat virtually anything with lime on it. It makes everything better, especially salty things like popcorn or potato chips. But if you’re into unusual salty-sweet flavor combinations, nothing is better than chocolate-covered potato chips.

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    May 20, 2010 at 9:27 am

    i love love love tomato sauce and basil…so i guess sweet?

    This recipe looks amazing, can’t wait to try it out!

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    May 20, 2010 at 8:31 am

    I love cilantro limes and hot peppers sour/ spicey food

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    May 20, 2010 at 5:30 am

    Butter and lemon. Whether you’re cooking a nice piece of fish (or any seafood, for that matter), or wilting spinach or other vegetables, it always lets the flavor of the main ingredients come through while giving it a rich and rounded balance.

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    Jenn's Food Journey
    May 20, 2010 at 5:19 am

    Oooh…that’s a tough one. I’m going to have to say my favorite flavor combination is sweet and spicy. Specifically, chocolate mixed with a little cayenne pepper. Like in brownies or candy. YUM!

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    Mary Jane
    May 20, 2010 at 3:31 am

    My favorite food combination would have to be onion and garlic. I have been “over the moon” with carmelized onions and roasted garlic. YUM!

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    May 20, 2010 at 2:57 am

    I really like the sweet and salty combination! Thank-you for a chance at winning the book!

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    May 20, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Salt and vinegar, and sweet and salty. I like salt and probably anything.

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    lindsay mizer
    May 19, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    chocolate and peanut butter! Really, is there anything better than sweet and salty combined?

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    May 19, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    I’m not crazy about sour unless it comes from citrus fruits. In that case, I love swet and sour. Shrimp and bacon sound good together, too! YUM!

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    Kathy Chamblin
    May 19, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Fresh lime squeezed on salted and buttered corn on the cob.

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    May 19, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    this recipe sounds delicious and simple! yay!!
    as far as combinations…one of my favorites is dulce de leche with chocolate .
    thanks for the chance :)

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    Susan Marie
    May 19, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Peanut butter and banana!

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    May 19, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Salt and Vinegar and Chocolate and Raspberry… And cucumber and dill… I can’t decide…

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    May 19, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Hey first time commentor, long time follower. I have made plenty of your recipes for my wife and she has loved them all, me too! The flavor combinations I really enjoy are garlic & ginger and also lime & cilantro. And for a somewhat odd, balsamic and strawberry can taste pretty darn good.

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    May 19, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Garlic and onion! also, cinnamon and chocolate!

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    May 19, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Until last weekend, I would have said garlic and onion was my favorite combo as well. But after trying a salted caramel brownie on Saturday, salt and caramel is my new favorite combo!

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    May 19, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    hello! i stumbled upon this site though tastespotting one day and i’ve been a frequent reader since! i’m intrigued by this book and wanted to try my hand at winning it.. right now my favorite combination is hoisin sauce, chilis, and cilantro. in general terms: sweet, spicy, and bold, respectively! :)

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    May 19, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Can’t wait to try this recipe – it sounds amazing! Currently I think I’m enjoying salty – pancetta with mushrooms, for example. I also love using parmesan cheese, especially with pasta.

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    May 19, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Hmm, that’s a good question. Right now.. I would have to say shrimp and cilantro. Yum!

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