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Tomato Bacon Pasta

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    Tomato Bacon Pasta on a plate with parsley and cheese.

    The lack of exercise along with late night blogging and snacking at weird hours this past year added some pounds on me. Therefore my only new year resolution for 2012 is to live and eat healthy by sleeping earlier, doing exercise regularly, and controlling the portion of food I eat. I think we eat pretty healthy since I cook almost every meals and the majority of meals are low fat Japanese dishes. However, I do have some weakness. I love rice, pasta, bread…all kinds of carbs. It’s so hard to stop eating them once I have one bite.

    Tomato Bacon Pasta on a plate and a pan.

    With this new year resolution, I purposely avoided pasta dishes for a while. Then a few weeks ago I saw this post from my fellow blogger friend Katerhine’s blog, Katherine Martinelli, and I decided to take a break from my new year resolution and cook this. This recipe calls for ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. Nothing fancy, just a couple of ingredients you normally use. Toss everything in the pan and add cooked pasta, and it’s done! It’s the day after busy weekend and you don’t know what to cook for dinner? Here it is, cook this simple and delicious pasta. Your dinner is ready in 30 minutes!

    Tomato Bacon Pasta topped with cheese on a white plate.

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    4.41 from 5 votes
    Tomato Bacon Pasta |
    Tomato Bacon Pasta
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    20 mins
    Total Time
    25 mins
    Easy and savory tomato bacon pasta (spaghetti) recipe with sauteed bacon, onion, and tomato, great pasta recipe for bacon fans!
    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: bacon, simple pasta
    Servings: 2
    Author: Namiko Chen
    • 2 servings spaghetti
    • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
    • 4 slices applewood smoked bacon (chopped)
    • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
    • ¼ onion (chopped)
    • ½ tsp red chili pepper flakes (or to taste)
    • 1 can diced tomatoes with juice (1 can = 14.5 oz)
    • Sea salt
    • freshly ground black pepper
    • ¼ cup chopped parsley
    • Parmigiano-Reggiano (Parmesan) cheese (freshly grated)
    1. Gather all the ingredients.

      Tomato Bacon Pasta Ingredients
    2. Cook the spaghetti in a large pot of boiling water until al dente.
      Tomato Bacon Pasta 1
    3. When it’s done, reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water and drain. Set aside.
    4. Meanwhile, heat oil on medium heat in a skillet and add the bacon. Cook until just browned, about 5 minutes.
      Tomato Bacon Pasta 2
    5. Add the garlic and onion and cook until the onion is translucent.
      Tomato Bacon Pasta 3
    6. Add the red chili pepper flakes, tomatoes, and 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water and stir to combine.
      Tomato Bacon Pasta 4
    7. Allow to simmer, and then cook uncovered for 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Make sure the sauce has good strong flavor, so when you add pasta it balance out the flavor.
      Tomato Bacon Pasta 5
    8. Add the spaghetti and parsley and toss to coat.
      Tomato Bacon Pasta 6
    9. Top with freshly grated Parmesan and serve immediately.
    Recipe Notes

    Barely adapted from Katherine Martinelli.



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