17 Savory and Smoky Bacon Recipes to Make for Dinner

Thick-Cut Bacon with Rhubarb Chutney
Con Poulos

Bacon is irresistibly savory, salty, and all-around delicious. Sure, it's wonderful paired with eggs and cheese between an English muffin or bagel at breakfast, but there's more to it than that. Bacon can be a superstar side dish (see the Baked Thick-Cut Bacon with Rhubarb Chutney that's pictured here) or the main event; either way, we'll never stop singing its praises.

As mentioned, bacon is a staple for breakfast and brunch, but here we're focusing on the wonders that it brings to dinner. Add bacon to a few of our favorite pasta recipes, including an even silkier, creamier twist on spaghetti carbonara with thyme and a summer-inspired succotash recipe that's bound to please every single member of your family. We've even created an out-of-this-world ravioli recipe that features a single large egg-filled ravioli served with sautéed greens and bacon.

Did you know that bacon also works wonders at barbecues? Serve it with grilled hot dogs for a double dose of pork, or layer it over homemade baked beans when you want to add even more salty, smoky flavor to this classic summer side dish. If you love the nature of loaded baked potatoes, you'll devour our bacon recipe inspired by this over-the-top side dish. Still hungry? Amp up Grandma's classic meatloaf with strips of bacon draped over the top of the loaf before baking it, or mix it into rich cheddar biscuits for a super savory side dish.

Ahead, see our favorite ways to enjoy the magic ingredient that is bacon well after the breakfast dishes have been cleared.

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Bacon Pasta with Cheese Sauce and Thyme

bacon pasta cheese sauce thyme
Linda Pugliese

Our MVP bacon recipe is sure to satisfy hungry family members when you're looking for a quick dinner that will still wow.

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Test Kitchen's Favorite German Potato Salad

Test Kitchen's Favorite German Potato Salad
Ren Fuller

What makes this potato salad different to the old-fashioned, super creamy style you may be used to is its simplicity; the potatoes are tossed with a combination of extra-virgin olive oil and apple-cider vinegar, plus toasted caraway seeds, sliced shallots, and cooked bacon.

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Bacon-Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits

bacon and cheddar biscuit
Armando Rafael

We've upgraded our classic buttermilk biscuit recipe with shredded sharp cheddar cheese and chopped, cooked bacon.

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Bacon-Cheeseburger Meatloaf

bacon cheeseburger meatloaf plated with grapes and chips
Lennart Weibull

This is no ordinary Sunday meatloaf. Shredded cheddar cheese is folded into the ground beef mixture; once it's formed into a loaf, overlap slices of bacon on the top and sides before baking.

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Corn Soup with Tomato-Bacon Toasts

Corn soup with tomato-bacon toasts
Armando Rafael

Make use of fresh, seasonal corn on the cob in this soup recipe. The creamy soup is served alongside slices of country bread topped with thinly sliced Manchego cheese, tomatoes, and bacon.

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Ricotta Raviolo with Garlicky Greens

ricotta raviolo with garlicky greens
Paola + Murray

Instead of several small ravioli, why not make one epic one stuffed with a combination of ricotta, Pecorino Romano, and egg yolks? It's served alongside greens sautéed with bacon and garlic.

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California Bacon-Wrapped Dogs

california bacon wrapped dogs
Armando Rafael

All-beef franks get a serious blast of flavor from poblano peppers, cilantro, juicy cherry tomatoes, and a strip of bacon on each dog.

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Succotash Pasta

succotash pasta
Dana Gallagher

Bacon shines alongside summer's all-star players including zucchini, fresh corn kernels, cherry tomatoes, and a jalapeño pepper in this seasonal pasta recipe.

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Brown-Sugar-and-Bacon-Glazed Brussels Sprouts

maine thanksgiving brown sugar and bacon glazed brussels sprouts
Paola + Murray

The ultimate cozy side dish, Brussels sprouts cook in a sweet-meets-savory combination of dark brown sugar, chicken stock, bacon, and butter.

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Mushroom-Bacon Galette

mushroom bacon galette
Ellen Silverman

This savory free-form tart features a salty, umami-packed combination of bacon, mixed mushrooms, leeks, walnuts, and Parmesan cheese.

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Jalapeño-Bacon Johnnycakes with Avocado-Cilantro Cream

jalapeno-bacon johnnycakes
Lennart Weibull

In this bacon recipe, the salty pork is mixed with finely chopped bell and jalapeño peppers and onions for super savory pancakes.

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BLT Baked Potato

blt baked potato
Sidney Bensimon

As you might expect, these baked potatoes are stuffed with bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes, but what makes them even more magical is a dressing. It's made from buttermilk and mayonnaise and is drizzled over each russet.

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Pork-and-Cabbage Soup

pork cabbage soup
Christopher Testani

Hearty and flavorful, this soup recipe features two kinds of pork—bacon and spareribs—plus Savoy cabbage, leeks, Yukon gold potatoes, and tangy sauerkraut.

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Baked Salmon with Creamy Orzo

salmon creamy orzo
Julia Gartland

A one-skillet dinner that features bacon is a guaranteed winner. It's sautéed along with onions, celery, and orzo for the base of this filling meal.

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Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

bacon wrapped brussels sprouts
Bryan Gardner

Bacon and Brussels sprouts are always a fabulous combination. For an appetizer or side dish, try this recipe that has them roasted together, then glazed with a combination of mustard and maple syrup.

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Baked Beans with Bacon

baked beans bacon
Bryan Gardner

Making your own baked beans makes a statement at a backyard barbecue, why not take it recipe one step further by covering the sweet, smoky side with strips of thick-cut bacon?

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