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Super smoky bacon & tomato spaghetti

Super smoky bacon & tomato spaghetti

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(33 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

    ol-iv oyl

    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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30th Apr, 2017
Absolutely delicious. Really cheap and quick to make. Filling. Ticks all the boxes!
16th Jan, 2017
Really tasty. A big hit. I added double the amount of sweet paprika and some balsamic vinegar. Simple and healthy.
11th Jan, 2017
You need a lot of extra seasoning to make this taste like anything more than tomato pasta.
14th Nov, 2016
This is such a great meal for everyone and yet so quick and easy to make.
19th Sep, 2016
A quick, easy, midweek dinner for the family. Kids had it as per the recipe and loved it. And for the adults I just added dried chilli flakes. Will definitely use this recipe again.
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12th Jul, 2016
Yummy! Looks so delicious! I love spaghetti:)
23rd Apr, 2016
This was absolutely delicious. I used one tin of tomatoes and a squirt if tomato purée and a big splash of pasta cooking water. Also added green olives which really added to the flavour. Served it with a shaved fennel and cucumber salad.... Yum! Clean plates all round :)
12th Nov, 2015
I really enjoyed this meal. I didn't think it was too bland whatsoever. The only problem I had was that there wasn't enough bacon! (I love bacon) next time I will add more.
3rd Oct, 2015
Lovely dish. Recipes uses far too much spaghetti though. I used a third less and put double the bacon in. Will deffo do again
1st May, 2015
For speed this meal is awesome, for taste, it is very easy to 'under-season'. Due to the large amount of tinned tomatoes its easy for the dish to be watered down, don't be afraid to use more herbs and spices such as Basil, oregano and even a bit of chilli powder really helped to bring the dish together. With a few adjustments this meal has become a regular at my table and can often see itself on lunch the next day. It keeps well and the price makes the dish really worth it.


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.
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!