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Bacon and Tomato Pasta


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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 16 ounces spaghetti pasta
  • 1 pound thick-cut bacon or pancetta, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 3 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 2 cups Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 4 tablespoons basil, chiffonade
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large stock pot, boil 3 quarts of water, when boiling add 2 tablespoons kosher salt and the pasta and cook until the pasta is al dente.
  2. In a large saute pan over medium heat, add bacon and saute until bacon is crispy. Remove bacon to drain on a paper towel-lined plate and remove 3/4 of the bacon fat from the pan.
  3. Add extra-virgin olive oil, onions, and red chili flakes. Cook until onions are translucent, add garlic, cook for 2 minutes then add tomatoes. Saute for 5 minutes, then deglaze with wine.
  4. Drain pasta and add to the tomato mixture pan. Add basil and bacon. Toss with Parmesan, and add salt and pepper, to taste.

Yields 4 to 6 servings.

Source: Guy Fieri