Pasta with Pancetta in a Smoky Tomato Sauce
This easy and sophisticated pasta with pancetta is a perfect meal for entertaining or for everyday dining. You’ll love the smoky tomato sauce!
Sometimes a certain night just calls for pasta, right? Either you’re craving a bowl of comfort food, or you’re trying to impress someone, or you just want something everyone will love. This pasta will fit into all those categories. It’s flavorful, smoky, but still a classic bowl of pasta with tomato sauce.
Pair it with a green salad, a glass of red wine, and a loaf of crusty bread and you’ve got yourself a beautiful dinner..
About this Pasta with Pancetta
Sometimes the most simple things are the best, aren’t they? This pasta is so easy but so delicious and there are a lot of fun things you can do with it.
First, you’ll crisp up the pancetta and set it aside. You can also use bacon if you’re on a budget or if that’s what you have on hand.
While your pasta boils, you’ll create a simple sauce with tomatoes, carrots, red bell peppers, and onion. It’s seasoned with smoked paprika giving it a warm cozy feel and so much flavor.
When the pasta is done cooking, you’ll stir that into your sauce and thin it as needed with pasta water. Sprinkle in the cooked pancetta and some fresh parsley and you’re ready to serve!
How to make this pasta your own:
There are a few ways to tweak this to make it your own. Try these:
- Sprinkle with Parmesan or Mozzarella cheese when it’s done cooking.
- Try adding more vegetables. I like the combo of red bell peppers, carrots, and onion, but it would also be great with mushrooms, spinach, or kale.
- Increase or decrease the smokiness. You can add as much or as little as you’d like. Just remember you can always add more, but you can’t take it out!
- Add some heat. Try adding a sprinkle of cayenne or red pepper flakes for some nice heat in this recipe!
What to serve with this pasta
Pasta goes well with simple sides! Try:
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 252 Total Fat: 16g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 20mg Sodium: 80mg Carbohydrates: 21g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 2g Protein: 7g
Husband’s take: He really likes this too. However, the first time I made it, my meat loving hubby did say, “Maybe less carrots and more bacon next time.”
Changes I would make: None. Well, maybe for hubby I’d add in some extra “bacon.”
Difficulty: Very easy!
Note: This post, recipe & photos were updated October, 2019. For fun, below is one of the original photos.