Smoky Bacon Tomato Sauce Pasta

February 25, 2021
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Photo by Anna Chwistek | Serving Dumplings
  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 15 minutes
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

A super easy pasta dish with bacon in a smoky tomato sauce. Jazzed up with cherry tomatoes and Parmesan for a smooth creamy finishing touch. This pasta is anything but boring, in fact it is sensational.
Tomato paste and smoked bacon form the base for this sauce, they lend lots of flavor, while the fresh tomatoes add a bright tang. It’s hearty, super delicious and ready in 20 minutes. It can easily be made on a weeknight, but it’s indulgent enough for a date night. Extraordinarily simple and minimalistic, but very satisfying. —Anna Chwistek | Serving Dumplings

What You'll Need
  • 200 grams (7 oz) pasta, shells or orecchiette
  • 200 grams (7oz) smoked bacon bits
  • 250 grams (8.8 oz) cherry tomatoes
  • 50 grams (1.7 oz) grated Parmesan, more for serving
  • 70 grams (2.5 oz) tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon each: dried oregano, smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • red chili flakes, for serving
  • toasted pine nuts, for serving
  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling, generously salted water. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water.
  2. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add olive oil and butter. When the butter is melted, add bacon. Cook until crispy and golden brown, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. Add black pepper, cook for 1 minute more. Season with salt, oregano and smoked paprika. Add cherry tomatoes and garlic, cook about 2 minutes or until the tomatoes start to burst. Press on the back of the tomatoes with a wooden spoon to release their juices and stir to combine. Lower the heat and stir in tomato paste, cook for 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water, bring to a boil. Toss with pasta and parsley. Remove from heat. Add parmesan, stir until smooth and glossy. Add more cooking water if needed.
  3. Divide pasta among bowls, sprinkle with chili flakes and toasted pine nuts. Serve with extra Parmesan. Enjoy!

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