A basic pasta with some sort of tomato sauce is often my go-to dinner idea when I need something fast and flavourful. I’m always looking at ways to change it up a bit though, and this recipe, from chef Michael Smith, fits the bill perfectly.
This pasta uses regular, slab bacon and a healthy amount of garlic to create a sauce that’s meaty enough for my husband, flavourful enough for me (l love garlic!) and simple enough to satisfy the picky teenage daughter (contains “normal” ingredients :).
Recipe: Pasta with Bacon Tomato Sauce
Summary: This is a quick and easy dinner option. The bacon adds great flavour and heartiness to a basic pasta dish.
- 8 slices regular bacon, chopped
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 28oz (796ml) can of crushed tomatoes (or puree a can of whole tomatoes)
- 1 Tbsp. fresh thyme, rosemary or oregano (or 1 tsp. of dried)
- Sprinkle of salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 lb. pasta (I like penne with this sauce, but any pasta will do)
- Place the chopped bacon into a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add a bit of water. Cook, stirring, until the water evaporates and the bacon begins to brown. Continue stirring, lowering the heat to medium, until the bacon is lightly crispy and browned.
- Drain away most of the bacon fat, leaving behind enough to saute the vegetables (leave bacon in pan).
- Add the onion and garlic and cook until they soften and begin to brown (shouldn’t take long if they are finely chopped). Pour in the tomatoes. Sprinkle in the herb of your choice (basil, oregano etc) and season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or so.
- Meanwhile, cook the pasta in boiling salted water. Toss with the sauce. Serve with some freshly grated Parmesan and enjoy.
Prep time: 5 min | Cook time: 25 min | Total time: 30 min
Number of servings (yield): 4