Dinner recipes don’t come easier than this spicy tomato bacon pasta. It’s the perfect recipe for when you need a delicious plate of pasta, FAST!
There’s a serious sense of content that comes with eating a plate or bowl of pasta on the couch. Bowl-food, is what I like to call it and there are few things that give me more pleasure. This spicy tomato bacon pasta is a prime example of how glorious bowl-food can be. It comes together in less then 30 minutes and is the kind of pasta I crave on the regular. Because let’s face it, how can bacon, tomato, cream and pasta ever be a bad thing?
How to make tomato bacon pasta
Bring a large pot of salted water the a boil. In a separate pot/deep frying pan, cook the finely chopped bacon until crisp and golden. Pour off the fat, reserving 1 tablespoon in the pan and cook the onion and garlic in it until soft and translucent. Add the chopped chillies, tomatoes, tomato paste, cream, sugar and season to taste. Allow to simmer gently for 7-10 minutes. While the sauce simmers, add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until al dente. Add the bacon back into the sauce and allow to simmer for a few minutes. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking water then drain the pasta. Add the pasta to the sauce and add some of the reserved cooking water. Stir to coat the pasta in the sauce then serve with Parmesan and fresh basil.
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Easy spicy tomato bacon pasta
- 250 g (+- 9 oz) streaky bacon finely chopped
- 1 red onion finely chopped
- 2-4 garlic cloves crushed
- 1 red chilli finely chopped (remove seeds if you want it less spicy)
- 400 g (14oz) chopped tomatoes
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 tbsp cream
- pinch of sugar
- salt and pepper to taste
- 500 g (1lb) pasta
- fresh basil
- Parmesan cheese
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta when the water is boiling and cook for 7-10 minutes (depending on shape) until al dente. Drain and reserve 1 cup of cooking water.
- Fry the bacon in a large frying pan until golden brown and crisp. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside. Drain off the fat and reserve 1 tablespoon in the pan.
- Fry the onion and garlic until soft and translucent in the bacon fat. Add the chillies, tomatoes, tomato paste, cream and sugar and allow to simmer gently for a few minutes. Season to taste.
- Combine the cooked and drained pasta with the sauce. Add some of the reserved pasta cooking water and toss to coat the pasta in the sauce. Use the cooking water to loosen the pasta and to keep it saucy.
- Serve the pasta with Parmesan and fresh basil.