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 Recipe

Serves 4 - 6 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 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.

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

  • Annie

    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.

  • tee

    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! :)

  • Jess

    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!

  • Patsy

    Garlic and onion! also, cinnamon and chocolate!

  • Bob

    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.

  • H

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

  • Susan Marie

    Peanut butter and banana!

  • Gina

    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 :)

  • Kathy Chamblin

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

  • 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!

  • lindsay mizer

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

  • jmk

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

  • Anne-Marie

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

  • Mary Jane

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

  • 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!

  • Trish

    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.

  • Carol

    I love cilantro limes and hot peppers sour/ spicey food

  • Carolyn

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

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

  • Whitney

    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.

  • Judy

    I love anything with the sweet and salty combination

  • Rachel

    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.

  • Shawna

    I am a sweet and salty fan:o)

  • morgan

    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.

  • bk

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

  • Corina

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

  • Sommer

    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!

  • Annie

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

  • Chao

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

  • Kathleen

    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.

  • Ruth

    Lemon and olives are at the top of my list.

  • Jared

    Fresh rosemary on top of eggs over easy.

  • starre

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

  • katklaw777

    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.

  • Dixie

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

  • Jes

    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!

  • 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!

  • Anu Chathampally

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

  • Diana

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

  • Julie

    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!!!

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

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  • Mary

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

  • Linda

    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

  • Alice

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