Bacon and chilli pasta recipe

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Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time15 mins
Cost RangeCheap

A tasty, spicy pasta dish that's filling, delicious and takes almost no time to make.

Spaghetti is such a brilliant supper dish and this bacon and chilli pasta is no exception. It's always good to have a couple of pasta dishes in your recipe repertoire that can be cooked in about the time it takes to boil your pasta. This is one of them. There's almost no prep to do because the sauce only has five ingredients. If you want to keep it cheap, use cooking bacon which comes in big packs in supermarkets. Alternatively, for speed use the pre-chopped packs of bacon lardons, which you can just chuck straight in the pan.

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




  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 5 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.

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.

Octavia Lillywhite
Food and Lifestyle Writer

Octavia Lillywhite is an award-winning food and lifestyle journalist with over 15 years of experience. With a passion for creating beautiful, tasty family meals that don’t use hundreds of ingredients or anything you have to source from obscure websites, she’s a champion of local and seasonal foods, using up leftovers and composting, which, she maintains, is probably the most important thing we all can do to protect the environment.