Hey Sunshines, Want to Indulge in the delectable world of our Tomato and Bacon Pasta? This delightful dish boasts a rich tomato sauce infused with garlic, fresh herbs, and the irresistible crunch of crispy bacon. Ideal for those hectic evenings, this speedy recipe can be on your table in under 20 minutes, crafted with just a handful of everyday ingredients.


Effortlessly speedy – perfect for those moments when dinner needs to be served in a flash! Crafted with everyday ingredients, this recipe utilizes items you likely already have in your kitchen. Plus, it’s ready in less than 20 minutes, making it a lifesaver.

Customizable simplicity – whether you want to switch up the pasta type or add in extra ingredients like veggies, protein, or spices, this recipe is wonderfully adaptable.

Pantry savior – an excellent go-to when the fridge is running low. Simple to prepare and easily adjusted to accommodate the ingredients available in your home.

Maximum flavor, minimal fuss – it’s a swift, filling, and flavorful creation that’s sure to be a hit with the whole family, especially the little ones who might just ask for seconds!


• Pasta
• Bacon
• Garlic
• Crushed tomatoes
• Red chili flakes
• Parmesan cheese
• Salt and pepper
• Fresh parsley and/or basil
• Paprika
• Pasta water
• Sugar


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Remember to reserve one cup of pasta water before draining.
  2. In a pan, cook the bacon until crispy. Remove excess grease if necessary.
  3. Add minced garlic to the bacon, sautéing until fragrant.
  4. Pour in the crushed tomatoes, red chili flakes, and a pinch of paprika. Simmer for a few minutes.
  5. Season with salt, pepper, and a hint of sugar to balance acidity. Adjust according to taste.
  6. Toss in the cooked pasta and a ladle of pasta water. Combine until the sauce coats the pasta evenly.
  7. Finish with a generous sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, fresh parsley, and/or basil.


  1. Can I use a different type of pasta for this recipe?
    Absolutely! While I recommend linguine or fettuccine, feel free to choose your favorite pasta shape. Penne, rotini, or shells work great too.
  2. Is there a bacon preference for this dish?
    For best results, choose good quality smoky bacon, thick pancetta, or guanciale. A nice, streaky bacon adds extra flavor. Ensure frozen bacon is free from excess water before cooking to avoid sogginess.
  3. Can I adjust the heat level in the dish?
    Certainly! Red chili flakes add a subtle heat. Adjust the quantity to taste or omit them entirely if you prefer a milder flavor.
  4. Are there alternatives for Parmesan cheese?
    Yes, you can substitute Asiago or Pecorino Romano for Parmesan. Freshly grated cheese is recommended for the best flavor.
  5. Why is pasta water reserved, and can I skip the sugar?
    Pasta water adds starch, enhancing the sauce’s richness. Reserve a cup before draining; you may not need it all. If the sauce is slightly acidic, a small pinch of white or brown sugar balances the flavor without making it sweet. Adjust to your taste preference.


  1. Experiment with different pasta shapes for a fun twist.
  2. Use quality bacon or pancetta for an enhanced flavor profile.
  3. Freshly grated Parmesan cheese adds a delightful finish.
  4. Reserve pasta water gradually; you may not need the entire cup.
  5. Adjust spice levels according to your preference for a personalized kick.


To wrap it up, let the Quick & Flavorful Tomato Bacon Pasta become your kitchen’s new superstar! This delightful dish not only offers the ease of quick preparation but also brings the charm of gourmet flavors to your dining table. With every bite, may this recipe add a sprinkle of joy and a dash of restaurant-style magic to your home-cooked meals. Get ready to enjoy the journey of creating delicious memories right in your kitchen. Happy cooking, and may your home be filled with the warmth of flavorful moments!

Much Love & Sunshine,

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