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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Pasta and Smoky Angry Tomato Sauce

I love pasta and tomato recipes. This recipe called smoky angry tomato sauce sounded a bit trying but was really good.

Pasta with Smoky Angry Tomato Sauce
adapted from Cooking Club
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12 oz. rigatoni or penne (tube-shaped pasta)
4 slices bacon, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 to 1 tsp crushed red pepper
1 (28-oz.) can diced tomatoes
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/4-1/2 c grated Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta; drain.
Get the salted water to a raging boil; add rigatoni and start checking it for doneness after 6 minutes. The package said to cook 14 to 16 minutes; mine was ready after 7 minutes and 30 seconds.

Meanwhile, cook bacon in large skillet over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes or until browned, stirring frequently.

Add onion; cook 4 to 5 minutes or until beginning to soften, stirring occasionally.

Add garlic and crushed red pepper; cook and stir 30 seconds or until fragrant.

Stir in tomatoes, salt and pepper; cook 10 to 12 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.

Stir in pasta. Serve sprinkled with cheese.

And then because it was saucier than I prefer, I cooked the remaining 4 ounces of rigatoni and stirred that into what was left in the skillet. The pasta:sauce ratio was much more my speed.

With an increase in pasta, the sauce didn't turn out very angry. Consider upping the pepper even if using only eight ounces of rigatoni. Very clean tasting, which I think reflects nicely how simple food with only a handful of ingredients can be so good. The dish is subtly smoky from the bacon and I think next time I'll crank it up a notch by using fire-roasted tomatoes.

If you don't cook pasta twice, this is easily done in 30 minutes.


  • rigatoni: $0.99
  • bacon: $1.13
  • onion: $0.31
  • garlic: $0.20
  • diced tomatoes: $0.96
  • Parmesan cheese: $1.08
Total: $4.67 or about $1.17 for each of four servings.


  1. anytime that there's pasta involved in a recipe :)

    1. I love pasta as well, my mother seemed to know many different ways to fix it when I was growing up and so I have learned to love it

  2. We will be in Santa Fe for some weeks soon, and smoky is a flavor used in Southwestern food. So will give it a try!

    1. I hope you enjoy thanks for stopping by and leaving a great comment

  3. Sounds Yummy To Me I Must Make For The Hubby Thank You!

    1. I hope he enjoys as much as we did,
      thanks for leaving a comment

  4. I love pasta in any form and tomato sauce is my all time favorite too. This recipe looks so delicious with lot of ingredients and I would like to give it a try!

  5. Wow! This makes me go hangry (hungry+angry). I want to cook this so soon!


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