Bacon and chilli pasta

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Bacon Chilli Pasta
Bacon Chilli Pasta
  • Serves: 4

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Tastebud-tingling bacon and chilli combine with pasta to create a super-satisfying family meal that's quick and easy to prepare


  • 400g (14oz) spaghetti
  • 200g (7oz) streaky bacon, chopped
  • 2 yellow peppers, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ¼ tsp chilli flakes (optional)
  • 500g jar tomato pasta sauce with herbs
  • Parmesan and fresh basil to serve

If the pasta sticks together, you may have drained it too well. Just add a splash of hot cooking water.


  1. Cook the spaghetti according to packet instructions. Drain and set to one side.
  2. Heat a large heavy-based frying pan and add the bacon. Cook for 5 mins until just beginning to colour.
  3. Add the peppers and cook for 10 mins until lightly charred. Reduce the heat and add the garlic and chilli, then cook for 2 mins.
  4. Pour in the pasta sauce and bring to the boil. Add a little water (or wine) if you like, and serve spooned over the hot spaghetti with freshly grated Parmesan and basil leaves.

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