Super Smoky Bacon & Spicy Tomato Pesto Penne Pasta Recipe

If you're a lover of pasta like me, this is the kind of dish that is perfect for when there’s nothing left in the fridge. I love to experiment when making different pasta sauces, and this recipe for my Smoky Bacon & Tomato Pesto sauce. A simple, yet classic style sauce that is very easy to put together, and can be prepared and cooked in under 20 minutes... Sound good? Carry on reading!

Bacon & Tomato Pesto Penne Pasta

For this recipe that serves 2, you will need;

- 150g of Penne Pasta
- Grated Cheese, to serve

For the sauce, you will need;

- 1 tsp Olive Oil
- Half an Onion, diced
- 2 Rashers of Streaky Smoked Bacon, diced
- 1 tsp of Garlic (minced or fresh)
- Half a tsp of Chilli Flakes
- Half a tsp of Mixed Herbs
- 2 tbsp of Water
- 1 heaped tbsp of Sundried Tomato Pesto (I got mine from Aldi)
- Half a bottle of Passata
- Salt and Pepper

Bacon & Tomato Pesto Penne PastaBacon & Tomato Pesto Penne Pasta


- Bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the Penne pasta for 10-12 mins. 

- Heat the oil in a saucepan and cook the diced Bacon and chopped Onions for 3-4 mins until just starting to crisp. 

- Then add the Garlic, Chilli Flakes, Salt and Pepper, and continue to cook for 1 min.

- Add 2 tbsp of Water to the pan, followed by the Pesto and Passata, and stir. Leave this to cook for 2-3mins, until all the ingredients are combined and the sauce has thickened up.

- Once your pasta has cooked, drain well and pour into the saucepan of sauce. Stir well until every piece of pasta is coated in sauce.

- Serve immediately with Grated Cheese! If you want a more filling meal, I would serve this with a simple Green Salad and a couple of slices of Garlic Bread.

What is your favourite pasta sauce?

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