Author: Mrs. Butterfingers
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 25 mins
This really is comfort food at it's very best. It's easy to make. One generally has all the ingredients in the kitchen. You combine the simple flavours of a great tomato sauce with irresistible bacon.
  • ½ pound bacon, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped finely
  • red pepper flakes ( ¼ to ½ tsp or more depending on hot spicy you want your sauce)
  • 4 fat clove of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 large can (28 oz) of Italian whole peeled tomatoes crushed (you can mush them down as they cook)
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, minced
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 box (600 g) penne
  1. Brown the chopped bacon in a large saucepan. Remove the bacon and sit aside.
  2. Remove all but two tablespoons of bacon fat.
  3. Add onion and sprinkle with salt and a little crushed red peppers (to your taste). Sauté until the onions soften and begin to caramelize, about 3-5 minutes. Add garlic and continue to sauté for a few more minutes. Pour in tomatoes and smoosh them a little more if needed. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Simmer partially covered for about an hour.
  4. Put a large pot of water over high heat and bring to a boil. Add a liberal amount of salt (should taste like sea water) and when it comes back to a rolling boil, add pasta. It is done when just tender to the bite. 6-9 minutes. Drain the pasta, but do not rinse.
  5. Add pasta to the finished sauce, adjust seasoning, toss and top each serving with generous amounts of parmigiano-reggiano.
Chef's note: you may use l box (600 g) of farfelle or spaghetti pasta
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