Bacon and chilli pasta recipe

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serves: 4
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 20 min
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  • 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


    • Cook the spaghetti according to packet instructions. Drain and set to one side.

    • Heat a large heavy-based frying pan and add the bacon. Cook for 5 mins until just beginning to colour.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    Top tip for making Bacon and chilli pasta

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

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