Smoky Bacon Tomato Sauce

This light summer-perfect pasta is olive oil-based and has hints of smokiness, thanks to the bacon. 

Noodles to match: fettuccine, linguine, spaghetti

Serves 4 to 6  
Prep Time 10 minutes 
Cooking Time 20 minutes


300 grams honeycured bacon strips or 
      bacon chunks, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup finely chopped carrots
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 (800-gram) can crushed tomatoes
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
salt and pepper to taste


1  Heat a large saucepan and fry bacon until lightly golden. Remove bacon but leave the rendered fat. Set bacon aside.

2  Heat oil in the same pan. Sauté onions until translucent. Add carrots and garlic, and cook until soft. Add the crushed tomatoes. Bring to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes.

 Add bacon, thyme, and chili flakes and continue to simmer for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.


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