Bacon and Tomato Pasta

Total Time:
35 min
15 min
20 min

4 to 6 servings

  • 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

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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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

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