Spaghetti bacon

This Italian dish is quick to make and tastes delicious.


  • 500g (1lb) wholemeal spaghetti
  • 300g (11oz) smoked bacon
  • 2 x 400g cans of plum tomatoes
  • 142g can tomato puree
  • 1-3 cloves garlic (optional), peeled and crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
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  • Bring a saucepan of water to the boil, add the spaghetti and cook for 12 minutes.
  • While spaghetti is cooking, cut the rind and fat off the bacon and cut the bacon into small pieces. Heat the olive oil in a wok or large frying pan, add the bacon and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Drain the spaghetti in a colander and rinse with boiling water. Add to the bacon along with tomato puree, garlic, oregano and black pepper and continue to cook gently.
  • Heat the plum tomatoes and their juice in a separate saucepan.
  • Remove the spaghetti bacon mixture from the heat and divide it between four plates.
  • In the centre of each plate of spaghetti, place 2–3 plum tomatoes and some juice. Sprinkle lightly with the Parmesan cheese.
Preparation time:
10 minutes
Cooking time:
15-20 minutes