Spaghetti in Tomato Sauce with Bacon

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The well-known Amatriciana sauce is a traditional Italian pasta sauce based on (cured pork cheek), sheep cheese and tomato.

Now, I'm a fan of the "call it what it is" stuff. And although my goal with this dish was the amatriciana sauce, I did not have the guanciale or the pecorino cheese necessary for the recipe. Instead, this is just a plate of "pasta in tomato sauce with bacon."

The beauty of being frugal and flexible is doing the best you can with what you have at your disposal. Being a teacher in the kitchen, for me, means being able to follow recipes and recreate dishes … but also (and more importantly), improvise when necessary. That's the real masterchef, in my opinion, when you can feed your family delicious meals with whatever you have in your fridge. Because sometimes there is not much.

And that is also fine. Because you can absolutely make great dishes with very few ingredients. Like a simple spaghetti packet, a can of tomatoes, an onion, and a clove of garlic. If you have bacon, it's a great addition. Grated Even better. If you can make a simple pasta in a tomato sauce plate, you're done!

Spaghetti in Tomato Sauce with Bacon

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The well-known Amatriciana sauce is a traditional Italian pasta sauce based on guanciale (cured pork cheek), sheep cheese and tomato.


  • 250 g spaghetti pasta
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes (approximately 480 g)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • some strips of bacon
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • Grated parmesan


  1. Peel and cut the onion and garlic.
  2. Pour water into a large pot, add a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Then add the pasta and cook according to the package directions (about 8 minutes or until al dente).
  3. Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium heat, then add strips of bacon and fry on both sides until crisp. Remove from the pan and place on a plate, lined with a paper towel to drain the fat.
  4. In the same frying pan, without cleaning it, add the sliced ​​onion and fry in bacon fat until transparent. Then add the sliced ​​garlic, fry lightly and pour in the diced tomatoes, the chunks and everything. Stir well and cook for about 15 minutes or so. Season to taste with salt and pepper. When the sauce is done, you can mix it until smooth or thicker.
  5. When the pasta is cooked, drain and immediately add to the pan with the tomato sauce. Add well, then top with pieces of bacon and serve with grated Parmesan cheese.
  6. TIP: Just before draining the pasta, save a glass of pasta water (the water the pasta was cooking in). You can add a pinch to your pasta sauce to make it creamy.
Nutritional information:

Calories: 589.85 Total Fat: 8.31 g Saturated Fat: 2.38 g Sodium: 1031.35 mg Carbohydrates: 108.18 g Fiber: 9.65 g Sugar: 12.27 g Protein: 20.81 g

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