Super smoky bacon & tomato spaghetti

Super smoky bacon & tomato spaghetti

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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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lainey coke
26th Mar, 2015
Quick, easy and so tasty
11th Feb, 2015
Not sure why that every one needs to add chilli because it is to bland. This recipe works for itself, tasty and full of the flavour of tomatoes. Loved ot as it stood.Family also.
16th Oct, 2014
Having noticed the comments about it being bland, I doubled the amount of onion, garlic and smoked paprika. The rest of the family aren't keen on chilli, which would have been my choice of addition. The result was surprisingly tasty, and got the thumbs up from all.
1st Oct, 2014
This was far too plain for my liking - even with the addition of mushrooms and an extra clove of garlic.
30th Sep, 2014
I added 1tsp of chilli powder and 1/2tsp chilli flakes. Still couldn't really taste much over the tomatoes.. Might add more paprika next time!
12th Aug, 2014
Really tasty recipe. Added mushrooms and chilli powder. All the family loved it!
14th Jul, 2014
Lovely, and so easy to make. I added mushrooms and extra garlic.
18th Jun, 2014
I added aubergine & frozen peas to my sauce to give the kids a few more veggies. They all loved it.
staciebakes's picture
28th May, 2014
Just had this for dinner and it is delicious! I added 1/2 tsp chilli flakes and served with a big salad. I can tell this will become a regular dinner in my house!
kathryndonna's picture
7th May, 2014
Great with a little bit of chilli added to for an extra kick. Don't restrict this to just spaghetti, any pasta shapes will do.


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