To give basic tomato sauce an extra kick, turn to bacon and red-pepper flakes. Just a little of each gives the sauce a lightly spicy, smoky flavor.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium-high. Add bacon and cook until browned and almost crisp, about 4 minutes. Add onion and cook until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and red-pepper flakes and stir until fragrant, 1 minute. Add tomatoes, breaking them up as you go, and season with salt and pepper. Bring sauce to a boil; reduce to a simmer and cook until slightly reduced, 15 minutes.

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  • Meanwhile, in a large pot of salted water, cook pasta 1 minute less than package instructions. Reserve cup pasta water; drain pasta and return to pot.

  • Add sauce and pasta water to pasta and toss to combine; cook over medium-high until sauce thickens and coats pasta, about 2 minutes. Refrigerate 3 cups pasta for a separate dish. Serve remaining pasta topped with Parmesan and parsley.

Cook's Notes

Store the leftover pasta in a resealable container in the refrigerator; use it to make a Pasta and Cheese Frittata.

Reviews (7)

26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: Unrated
03/28/2010
Made this for Husband on a Sunday night and it he says it was delicious. The red pepper flakes give it a kick. I reserved the 3 cups of pasta and will be making the frittata some time this week.
Rating: Unrated
03/10/2010
The 3 saved cups of pasta is for the 'Pasta and Cheese Frittata' from Everyday Food March 2010.
Rating: Unrated
03/09/2010
What is the other dish that you save the three cups for?
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Rating: Unrated
03/09/2010
What is the other dish that you save the three cups for?
Rating: Unrated
03/09/2010
What is the other dish that you save the three cups for?
Rating: Unrated
03/09/2010
Easy and delicious. My 13 month old ate it so fast I couldn't keep up with her. Saved 3 cups for the other dish and I can't wait to make it tomorrow.
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Rating: Unrated
03/05/2010