3/4 lb. cavatappi or some other short pasta
4 slices bacon
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium zucchini (about 1 lb.), halved and thinly sliced
Kosher salt and black pepper
1 pint grape tomatoes
4 oz. Feta, crumbled (about 3/4 cup)
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water; drain the pasta and return it to the pot.
Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, 5 to 7 minutes; let cool, then break into pieces. Add the oil, zucchini, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to the drippings in the skillet and cook, tossing occasionally, until tender, 4 to 6 minutes.
Add the zucchini, tomatoes, and cooking water to the pasta and cook over medium heat, tossing, until the tomatoes soften slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the Feta and bacon and toss to combine. Serve sprinkled with basil.
bacon recipe courtesy of: Charlyne Mattox and Dawn Perry, "Got 20 Minutes?", Real Simple, August 2012, p. 150