"This is a classic Italian pasta dish. Use fresh basil when it's in season; at other times, use fresh flat-leaf parsley."


35 m servings 529 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 529 kcal
  • 26%
  • Fat:
  • 7.5 g
  • 12%
  • Carbs:
  • 97.6g
  • 31%
  • Protein:
  • 21.5 g
  • 43%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 12 mg
  • 4%
  • Sodium:
  • 702 mg
  • 28%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Cook diced bacon in a large saucepan over medium high heat until crisp, about 5 minutes. Drain all but 2 tablespoons of drippings from the pan.
  2. Add onions, and cook over medium heat about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic and red pepper flakes; cook 30 seconds. Add canned tomatoes, undrained; simmer 10 minutes, breaking up tomatoes.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of 4 quarts boiling salted water until al dente. Drain.
  4. Stir basil into the sauce, and then toss with cooked pasta. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.
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  1. 424 Ratings


This recipe is about right. The only things that should be noted is that, after tomatoes are added, they should cook for more than 10 minutes. You need about 20 minutes of simmering or the sauce...

I recently had this dish at a local pasta restraunt and wanted to duplicate it. Based on my dinner and previous reviews, I made some changes and it turned out great! While sauting the onions an...

This recipe is really good, a perfect example of something being greater than the sum of its parts. I've since found out it has been around since Roman times, now I know why! I have made this di...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I finally made a good sauce. As always I tweaked this a little per other reviewers. I used 7 slices of bacon (my lucky #), used red onion and let it get slight...

This is a great pasta sauce! I sweat the onions and garlic in a little olive oil first, then add smoked bacon. When the bacon is cooked, I add 1/2 C dry white wine and let it reduce. Then I a...

This was pretty good and very easy. would add a little more bacon.

Delicioso! Definitely a five-star meal! I used pancetta (Italian bacon, found in your deli counter) in place of bacon and added hot Italian turkey sausage. I grew up on pasta and red sauce. We h...

This recipe is excellent. It is a simple dish, yet wonderfully rich with flavor. It's not often that I follow a recipe to the letter -- I am always changing a little something here or there. ...

Wow! This is an awesome recipe. My husband travels quite a bit and has eaten at a lot of nice restaurants. He LOVED this. He told me it was restaurant quality. It is going under our "favori...