Bacon and Tomato Pasta

Total Time:
35 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 16 ounces spaghetti pasta
  • 1 pound thick-cut bacon or pancetta, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 3 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 2 cups Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 4 tablespoons basil, chiffonade
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Directions

In a large stock pot, boil 3 quarts of water, when boiling add 2 tablespoons kosher salt and the pasta and cook until the pasta is al dente.

In a large saute pan over medium heat, add bacon and saute until bacon is crispy. Remove bacon to drain on a paper towel-lined plate and remove 3/4 of the bacon fat from the pan. Add extra-virgin olive oil, onions, and red chili flakes. Cook until onions are translucent, add garlic, cook for 2 minutes then add tomatoes. Saute for 5 minutes, then deglaze with wine.

Drain pasta and add to the tomato mixture pan. Add basil and bacon. Toss with Parmesan, and add salt and pepper, to taste.


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This will be my go-to recipe when I have extra bacon that I need to use up, but won't be something to go in the regular rotation. I had high hopes for this since Guy's cajun alfredo recipe is SO incredible, I guess nothing else will ever compare!  I wasn't crazy about the first bite, so I added more parmesan to my plate and that was definitely what it needed. The kick from the red chili flakes was awesome. Overall, very good and easy to throw together. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I needed to prepare something for dinner, and about all I had was pasta and bacon. I did a google search and this recipe is where I ended up. The changes I made were: I used 1 can of Italian seasoned chopped tomatoes instead of Roma, I used Kraft grated Parmesan instead of fresh, used dried basil instead of fresh, and left out the wine. This dish was so full of flavor and the texture was spot on. I don't like my pasta swimming in sauce, so the chopped tomatoes, onions, and bacon was perfect. We felt like we were dining at a nice Italian restaurant - it reminded me of something Macaroni Grill would serve. This is going in my recipes to repeat for sure! Next time I make it, I'm hoping to have fresher ingredients - but I can't imagine it being any better than it was this way. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Covers all bases! Delicious, easy to make in a short amount of time, and inexpensive. Even my most picky eaters--daughter and son-in-law loved it and went back for thirds. I threw it together on a weekday after work and could not believe the positive results. I kept my portion small so that there would be enough for everyone so it even helped my diet. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a Fabulous Dish, we couldnt stop eating it. So easy to make. Next we are going to try adding shrimp or chicken. Thanks Guy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this dish many times with red wine and white wine. it is so tasty. And, my brothers love the dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Stumbled across this dish as I had a pound of bacon I needed to use up. Turned out to be our favorite pasta recipe ever! Seemed light on sauce at first, but it was a really good amount. This is definitely one pasta dish I expect to make over and over. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This did not do it for me or for my husband. I like bacon and I like a bit of heat but these flavors just did not work. I understood that there would be little sauce, but even when I added some pasta water, the whole dish was dry. This one is not a keeper in my book. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic. Reminds me of a recipe my grandmother used to make. This one so much easier and so good!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
A healthier, comfort food. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy to make a little oily because of the bacon but did in a flash and was very tasty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was very delicious and easy to put together. I used turkey bacon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I accidentally read red wine vinegar to deglaze the pan! It still turned out delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple and refreshingly tasty! It's all about having everything done ahead and then assemble, get the prep work done. I did omit only one ingrediant, chilli flakes, however, not only can you use bacon or pancetta (careful, pancetta is very salty, try Turkey bacon and cook till crisp. I am one who dislikes turkey bacon, however diced and cooked till crisp, I can barely tell difference. It's the fresh basil (roll leaves up then finely slice into strips-chiffonade and the grated parmesan cheese that make the flavors. Great dish Guy!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing flavor! All of my children loved it. Even my 16month old. Super easy to make. I did add crimini mushrooms. Can't wait to make it again. Best part is that it isn't a saucy dish so my children weren't a mess when they were done. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent! I used tarragon instead of basil and subbed shallot for onion, just because that is what I had on hand. Love, love, love, will make again. I love the tip about the chili pepper, and keeping the bacon crispy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fast & Easy. When looking for something to make with ingredients we had on hand, my daughter found this recipe. My husband and son loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
how can you go wrong when you start with a pound of bacon? love it. I make it all the time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! The second time I made this I forgot the basil and it was still full of flavor. It's a great dish for many situations. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just delightful!!!! Especially with fresh basil and tomatoes from farmers market( and thick cut bacon. Follow recipe as is. Used a good Carbernet for red wine to deglaze (and also enjoyed with dinner. Company loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! I added mushrooms and used a white onion because that's all I had and it turned out great. My husband loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this recipe a bunch of times for family (with kids, fussy kids even, parties and last minute get togethers. Literally everyone loves this dish!!! Easy, fast & perfect. You can't go wrong with pasta and bacon : Thanks Guy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! Goes together super fast, super easy, and super delicious! Nice change from a traditional tomato sauce based dish. Red pepper flakes gave it a nice zip. This will be a regular on our menus. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This one is definitely in my regular rotation. I make it at least once a month and it is so easy and so delicious! I like things spicy so I usually add Thai chillis to kick it up a notch. Make sure you crisp your bacon up nicely--adds great texture. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved this one. Made it zackly as described in recipe. Will do so again. A bit spicy...which for me is not spicy enough. So we're good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was delicious! A little dry-but good. The flavor was definitely present-I trimmed off all the bacon fat-so I think I lost some juice there-also next time-think I'll use diced canned tomatoes for some extra liquid. Also used 1/2 cup red wine. Served over Penne-will make again! Love your recipes Guy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make this pasta every year for my husband's birthday. So easy and good. I have used can tomatoes in the past and it still turns out just fine. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This turned out GREAT! I took a cue from other reviews and used only 1/2 tsp red pepper....plenty spicy! I used pancetta, cut in a large dice.....and large grape tomatoes which I halved. They were really juicy and so made plenty of sauce. Also used fettucine, which soaked the sauce up nicely. We will definitely make this again. Thanks, Guy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing recipe!!!! Easy to prepare and sooooo tasty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was very tasty. It was pretty easy to make. I made it with Spaghetti, but if I was to make it again, I would use penne as others have mentioned. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best basic quick pasta dish I have had. I have used it with chicken also. The bacon is fabulous. Going to try it with some cooked Italian sausage. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love new pasta recipes...This one did not disappoint! I used Rotel tomatoes instead of fresh, because that's all I had...I like spicy, so I was good with this...For my family, I would probably leave out the red pepper flakes, since I used the Rotel tomatoes...Good job, Guy!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
only had whole wheat penne on hand. all i have to say is. easy and heavenly. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Agreed with br0607 and prefer fettucini vs spaghetti! My family loved it and I'll make it on a regular basis. Tastes like a dish you'd find in a remote part of Tuscany. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Time to go shopping so I was looking for somthing that I could make with items on-hand. I substituted a packet of red pepper seasoning (from Pizza Hut for the red chile flakes and otherwise went by the numbers. It came out great with just the right amount of heat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
AMAZING! Simple and easy to make but packs SO much flavor! It was a major hit at our New Year party! Everyone was asking for the recipe. I followed the exact recipe but the only difference was that I used fetuccini rather than spaghetti..it looks fancier with the fettuccini. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is super easy and delicious! Sauteeing the onions and garlic in the bacon grease adds so much flavor! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy weeknight recipe. Watch out for having too much bacon grease! item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you love bacon then you will love this recipe, even if you don't love bacon you will after you make this! This is so wonderful and the little bit of heat from the red chili flakes puts this over the top. I have made this numerous times and each time I love it even more. It taste so good that I don't even want to share it with my husband. I also shared this recipe with a friend and they loved it so much they made it twice in one week. You won't find this much flavor at any chain Italian Restaurant. Make this tonight!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
When I go to my local Italian restaurant I always order the bacon pasta. I decided to make my own at home and it turned out great. I LOVE this recipe!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved it! My pantry is almost empty so I was looking for an easy recipe with ingredients I had on hand. I used diced tomatoes with green chiles instead of fresh tomatoes and omitted the red pepper flakes altogether, and the dish still had a "bite" without being too spicy. Also substituted farfalle for spaghetti. Will make again and again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow. Excellent. The only thing I did differently was to use 1/2 tsp. of red pepper flakes. It was just the right amount of "heat"!! I am passing the recipe to all my friends and family. item not reviewed by moderator and published
AWESOME! We love pasta and this receipe is better than some 'alike' restaurant dishes we have eaten. Had plenty for leftovers. Serve with a glass of red wine and fresh italian bread! YUM item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this!! Didn't care for the fresh tomatoes. Second time I made this used fire roasted tomatoes. Instead of panceta I used turkey bacon. Third time I made it added chicken. Fourth time I cripsed up the entire dish in a pan. Kids and husband just love it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So delicious with a great balance of flavors. Also, very easy to make and not very time consuming or expensive. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy, fairly quick (just prep and not too expensive. Light meal with powerful flavors. Extremely versatile with multiple styles of chicken. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really, really good! I halved the recipe for 2 people, and used canned diced tomatoes. It was great to find that I had all the ingredients on hand. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My favourite recipe so far!!! Extremely tasty and easy to make....my mother-in-law said it tasted like something she would get from a restaurant. item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG, this was so delicious! At first I wondered if they were going to be enough "goobers" to cover a whole box of spaghetti. There was!! This was a great meal for company. Served it with asparagus, whole-grain bread and a red wine...everyone loved it! Will definately be making this again and again. Thanks Guy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very, very good. I loved it. My kids loved it too but my younger one thought it was on the spicy side so I'll cut down on the pepper flakes next time. This recipe is exactly how I'd hope it taste. I told my husband the next time he wants to surprise me with cooking, please make this for me. item not reviewed by moderator and published
To CookHooked...it's Kosher salt. You can find it in the aisle with the spices and salt and pepper. It's a coarser grained salt. You could probably use sea salt too, just not the fine grained iodized table salt. Tastes better and healthier for you too! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I will definately try it...but i don't know what Kocher's salt is. pls help item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great pasta dish - so flavorful! Loved, loved, loved it! Made it last night and reheated left-overs tonight. Followed the recipe closely but not sure if crushed red pepper is equal to red pepper flakes, which my local grocery did not have. Cut the crushed red pepper in half and it was the perfect amount of heat for us. Thanks Guy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great pasta dish - very easy and light for a different side dish. We tried this recipe last night with baked chicken - excellent. Gail in texas item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super delicious, anything Guy makes is super! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is great pasta!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
A bit on the spicy side. I will definitely make this again - but I think I'll reduce the amount of red pepper flakes by about half. item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you like pasta a little on the dry side from time to time, then this is a great recipe. How can you go wrong with pasta & bacon? I substituted red wine vinegar for red wine. Next time I will use extra onion and caramelize it a little more, and also use extra tomatoes, chiffonade, garlic. Very satisfying dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
everyone's right - it's yummy. and so easy and quick it's hard to dislike. i think i might add some balsamic next time, but other than that wouldn't change anything. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This meal was amazing! My son who is 10 years old loved it and helped me cook. I loved the spice and served this meal with some asparagus with garlic and olive oil and some italian bread. Will definately make again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
WOW!!! Absolutely OUT OF THIS WORLD GOOD!!! I was savoring every bite! This dish had flavor all through it! I only put half a teaspoon of pepper flakes because my stomach can't handle too spicy, but it did the job! It was enough kick! My husband had two helpings! And I'm making this again when my parents come to town in five days! So good! Thanks Guy for sharing this recipe! You're AWESOME! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delish!!! I'm taking this to potluck at work tomorrow. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We really loved this recipe, it's hot so we will cut down on the Pepper. However, I wouldn't change anything else. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved this. Have made it several times. I decided to try adding feta cheese instead of parmesan (which I love too and it brings a creaminess to the dish which I liked. Either way it's delicious. Found the spice level was good and could even add more. I've never actually used the full amount of pancetta/bacon but found the 1/2 pound I used was plenty. I have also substituted diluted red wine vinegar when I didn't have wine and it still turned out great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh boy ,it is so good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Unexpectedly AMAZING!! I doubted the recipe when I read it but was persuaded by all the great reviews...I was still doubting on my way home from the grocery store this morning but when I made it...OUTSTANDING!! I did reduce the red pepper flakes to 1/2 a teaspoon and it was plenty spicy for both myself and my husband. It left a nice burn on the tongue but wasn't overwhelming. I would absolutely recommend making this dish! So, so, so good and fast too! I used plum tomatoes, fettucine, Carmenere for the wine and other than the reduction in red pepper flakes followed it to a T! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish was fabulous. Loved everything about it especially the bacon! The only thing I will do different next time, is the kids wanted more veges in it. I can do that! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Outstanding, Bacon is majic so this recipe I had to try. Very yummy! I put a litte green parts of the scallions in at the end for some more color. And next time more tomatos like 3 cups. Can't wait to make it again. I also used a big tablespoon of basil pesto instead of fresh just cause I had it in the fridge and no fresh was available at the time. Thanks Guy. It Took a minute to eat it. SNARF! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! I didn't use thick bacon - I just used regular reduced-sodium bacon and a little less than the recipe calls for. It was great! The sauce is definitely something different with just a little bit of kick to it. Will totally make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried the recipie today for dinner and my youngest son loved it, I didn't have fresh basil so I used dried basil I used 3 tablespoons of it instead of 4 and still thought it was too much, it made pasta look dark. I will make it again and with fresh basil this time item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is easy and has lots of flavor. The pancetta is great. I like to add mushrooms and extra tomatoes. This recipe has become one of our favorites. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I absolutely LOVE this recipe! Simple to make and tastes delicious! I have made this a few times and have found that substituting canned diced tomatoes for fresh ones that don't look so great is perfectly fine - you won't be able to tell the difference. Just don't leave out the red wine! It gives the dish that extra something special. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple delicioso im a huge fun i live in TIJUANA mexico and i cook your recipes all the time but this one its one of my favorites Thanks guy TIJUANA RAIDERS NATION !!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Quick and different. The flavors really pop when it has cooled for a few minutes, item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was amazing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Guy. You simplify perfection! I would serve this in my restaurant. Fresh, simple and so awesome! I would rarely say that in a post. ;) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love tomatoes and I love this recipe. I use sausage instead of bacon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best Pasta...(besides my moms, of course), that i have made in a long time. My Girlfriend loves it, so i end up making it 1-2 times a month. Have not tried it with panchetta, which i belive i will do tonight. Went to Whole Foods to get better quality items, makes it all the better. I usually ease up on the red pepper flakes, the amount packs a pretty big puch for the non spicy lovers. item not reviewed by moderator and published
tasty item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's almost like BLT's with pasta. My 9-yr. old daughter, who is a huge picky eater, LOVED - LOVED - LOVED this recipe. She ate a great big plate of it and wanted more! The recipe was easy enough, a lot of chopping, but I was smart and bought the red onions already diced from the grocery store. Next time I want to use a tastier tomato than just Romas. Maybe some heirlooms or like another user said, grape or cherry tomatoes. I will absolutely make this again and can't wait to share it with friends and family! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy & delicious. Also easy to adujust & add mushrooms or spinach for color and extra taste. Loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a tremendous recipe. Full of flavor, quick and easy. I used whole grain pasta and baby yellow pear-shaped tomatoes and grape tomatoes. It was excellent! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! I added more garlic, but otherwise a perfect dish. This will be a go to pasta dish from now on. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We loved this recipe when we made it a few weeks ago. The flavors complement each other well, and the bacon is not too strong or greasy. One recommendation we'd make is to add the crispy, crumbled bacon separately to each dish so that it doesn't get soggy. Can't wait to make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
amazingly simple but delicous and light. i also used pancetta in place of the bacon one time. it was just as tastey. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for my family and they loved it. Right away I shared this recipe with friends and they loved it too! Another big hit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thats all there really is to say. Greatest pasta dish ever item not reviewed by moderator and published
The best thing to come out of our kitchen in a long time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a fantastic meal! I too used a little less red pepper and I added shrimp... Overall this was fantastic. My husband, kiddo, and myself loved it... The sauce is very light, so if you want something thick like marinara, this is not for you. If you like your noodles packed with flavor and love chunks of of the good stuff in your pasta, this is a winner. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious!!! I left off the chili flakes and it was totally flavorful for my 4 kids ages 8-14. Used turkey bacon. Kids even said I dont need to put the bacon in because the rest tasted so good. So I got two recipes out of this one. Thanks Guy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so delicious! I made it for two friends who aren't very risky when it comes to trying new things. Both of them loved it! I definitely plan on making this dish again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is a really simple, delicious sauce! i used canned diced tomatoes and added baked zuchini...amazing. will def make again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Lots of flavor, with a little kick. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh, this is good! I used the canned Italian style diced tomatoes like man people suggested. Good idea! I also cut the salt down because I used two lbs. of chopped bacon--1 lb. of turkey bacon and 1 lb. of thick sliced pork bacon. Both of them add something to the flavor of the dish. I tend to shy away from fresh basil, but next time, I will double the amount of fresh basil I put on the side and let people pile it on as they wish.It adds to the authentic taste. Make sure you use fresh grated cheese. Next time I will use this on larger pasta. I wanted to make a big pot so I used thin spaghetti and got way too much, but it was devoured within 2 days anyway. I would use this sauce anywhere. Don't skip the wine in the recipe. My husband doesn't like the taste of wine, but he liked this sauce. It tastes as good as my aunt's homemade sauce when she used to start from fresh tomatoes, but it has that same fabulous taste.as that sauce that takes a whole day to make. This one is a winner. Thank you, Guy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this dish was so easy and was delicious. followed recipe as is except i used regular bacon. yummy ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good but a little spicy for the family. Probably back off on the chili flake next time. Delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
just made this for breakfast - (got lazy last night and never got around to making it) and it is so good. of course, I did thngs my way - no measuring and added mushrooms and shrimp which i seasoned with a little bit of creole seasoning before cooking. I think the mushrooms added liquid; I had plenty of saucey sauce. you can always just add some of the water from the pasta pot. It's so good; I would definitely make this for company. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first time making this dish... and as previous posters have posted... its very little on the sauce.. but where i differ is I liked it that way. I was not looking for a regular spaghetti dish. Awesome dish.. and my family loved it.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We tried this a couple of years ago and currently make it nearly every month. Everyone in my family loves it. I add a splash of balsamic vinegar and 1 small can of tomato juice. Yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We love this dish, and have had it twice now. Like the previous poster said, it's not very saucy, but if you just add more tomatoes, you'll get a bit more sauce. We like to add shrimp and mushrooms too! Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
What a great pasta dish! We will make again - my husband and I really enjoyed this. Just so you know, it is not a saucy dish but is still very moist and flavorful. I used regular bacon, fresh tomatoes and dry basil since that is what I had on hand. It is an easy dish to dial up or down the heat depending on your tastes. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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