Super smoky bacon & tomato spaghetti

Super smoky bacon & tomato spaghetti

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(150 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4

Serve your pasta with a budget-busting tomato and paprika sauce. It's a healthy choice to boot

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal500
  • fat12g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs80g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre7g
  • protein20g
  • salt1.2g
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  • 400g spaghetti
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 120g smoked streaky bacon, sliced into matchsticks
  • 1 onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • grated parmesan, to serve (optional)



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the spaghetti following pack instructions. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and cook the bacon for 3-4 mins until just starting to crisp. Stir in the onion and cook for another 3-4 mins, then add the garlic and smoked paprika, and cook for 1 min more.

  2. Pour in the chopped tomatoes, bring to the boil and bubble for about 5 mins until thickened, stirring every so often to stop it catching on the bottom. Drain the pasta and toss with the sauce. Serve with Parmesan, if you like.

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22nd Jul, 2020
Super quick and easy Added some spinach as recommended by a few people, and added more paprika, some chilli powder and Siracha for a bit of a quick. Would make again ☺️
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Louise Dunks
18th May, 2020
Made today for 4 people. As we're in lock down, made a few switches so used 5 small shallots instead of an onion, smoked paprika instead of sweet smoked paprika and only 1 tin of tomatoes. Will definitely cook again, it went down a treat!!
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Rob Harris
12th Mar, 2020
Dead easy, fairly warming pasta, nice
10th Jun, 2019
I gave the recipe 5 stars because it was made mainly with store cupboard ingredients, it was quick to make and was perfectly tasty made as per the recipe above. Now that I know what it tastes like I would happily use this as a base and add extra ingredients depending what I have in the fridge.
30th Apr, 2019
As with all recipes I read the comments and amended to what I had. For 2 adults and 1 child I used a 300g pack of smoked back bacon, a whole onion, 3 garlic cloves, 1 tin of tomatoes and a ladle of pasta water. I had no smoked sweet paprika so used chilli/onion and garlic/parsley spice blends, and a pinch of a smokey chipotle sea salt mix. Very tasty, quick and easy. Even my fussy 10year old scoffed the lot.
17th Feb, 2019
Loved this recipe, it's hard to believe it's only 500 calories as it was a perfect tasty comforting pasta dish! If I made it again, I'd probably add in some more veggies as it would be nice to have a bit more colour on the plate, maybe some peppers and spinach!
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19th Jul, 2018
A really easy and tasty healthy recipe! It's great for when you're too tired to stand and cook for ages. I like to add frozen vegetables or spinach to add some of my 5-a-day.
Dot Cotton
12th Mar, 2018
Lovely recipe. I also added some cream cheese to make the sauce creamier. Lovely flavour from the paprika. Delish
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2nd Mar, 2018
Delicious and simple, and just the right balance of flavours. All it required was a little seasoning.
28th Feb, 2018
so easy to make. All of the family loved it and even took some for work in a flask at work. Really nice, definitely recommended.


12th Nov, 2015
Is this meal freeze able? I have only just started learning to cook so I want to make sure it's safe for next time I make this dish as the receipe is enough for 2 meals :)
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20th Nov, 2015
Thanks for your question. You can't freeze the finished dish with the spaghetti, but you can freeze the sauce. Once the sauce is cool portion into freezer bags or containers. It will keep for 6 weeks. To serve, heat the frozen sauce in a pan with a little water in the base as this will stop it initially sticking while frozen then when bubbling toss into the pasta. Of course you could just halve the quantities of this when you make it next time using a small onion and garlic clove.
7th Jan, 2016
Can I ask why it is not freezable? I often do a big pot of mince sauce and then add it to cooked pasta and freeze when cold. Then I can get one out of the freezer to defrost, and then heat up when I fancy pasta.
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19th Apr, 2019
We've found that this recipe is even better when you add some dried mixed herbs, a handful of chopped fresh spinach and some butter beans. The butter beans are especially good as a cheap and healthy way to fill you up!
18th Sep, 2016
I only had one tin of tomatoes so I used a tin of tomato soup instead of the second tin of chopped tomatoes. I think it made it more thick and tasty, and would do the same next time. Also agree with other comments that I'd double the amount of bacon, and maybe even add another teaspoon of paprika. Still a quick, tasty and cheap meal.
9th Dec, 2015
Excellent mid-week meal, I halved the quantity & added 1tsp dark brown sugar. D-liscious!
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