Simple Red Sauce with Pasta

Simple Red Sauce with Pasta


"A delicious, easy sauce that works every time. The key to this recipe is fresh ingredients and a healthy appetite!"


servings 740 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 740 kcal
  • 37%
  • Fat:
  • 32.1 g
  • 49%
  • Carbs:
  • 89.7g
  • 29%
  • Protein:
  • 25.9 g
  • 52%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 40 mg
  • 13%
  • Sodium:
  • 553 mg
  • 22%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a large pot with boiling salted water cook penne pasta until al dente. Drain well.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet cook the bacon strips until mostly cooked, but not crisp. Remove from pan, break into bite size pieces. Drain bacon grease from pan. Return cooked bacon to pan, add minced garlic, chopped red onion, olive oil and chili pepper. Saute until onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Add chopped tomatoes, 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Pour ingredients into a large bowl. Add additional grated Parmesan cheese to top and serve immediately over cooked and drained pasta.
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  1. 15 Ratings


This is a great recipe, what is HELENA41 going on about! If you prefer a saucier sauce use a tin of crushed tomatoes or an Italian style plain tomato pasta sauce. I used a tin of tomatoes and ...

This was one of the worst pastas I've ever eaten. The sauce wasn't a sauce but more of a huge clump of bacon/cheese. It tasted like a bad carbonara with tomatoes, and the fat content mixed with ...

This was great. I used thyme (suggested by another reviewer) and a little bit of basil. This really turned out great for a delicious dinner. Thanks for posting.

This is very similar to pasta alla amatriciana which is not very common in the U.S. I was taught how to make this by a lady from Rome. The proportion of onions to tomato in a true amatriciana ...

This was AMAZING! I was really pressed for time when I made this for another couple my husband and I had over for dinner. I picked this recipe without giving it much thought so I could at least ...

Everyone LOVED it! We like our food VERY spicy so I used 2 Jalapenos with the seeds as my peppers and it was excellent!

Great and so simple! Im sure some of you chefs think this is a no brainer but for me and other non-creative people this made me look pro! We all loved it and put it into our monthly rotation! ...

Delicious just the way it's written.

I tried this recipe but not having penne pasta on hand I substituted egg noodles instead. Didn't have chile peppers, but had jalepenos and used them. This was a marvelous husband lov...