Monday, January 9, 2012

Spicy Bacon Tomato Sauce

This tomato sauce was inspired by watching The Best Thing I Ever Made family recipes episode for the I-don't-know-how-many time.  Chef Beau MacMillan's recipe is a bacon tomato sauce with buccatini and meatballs.  I've put bacon in tomato sauce before but with other stuff too; I never let bacon just do its thing.  This time I did and it was so, so delicious.
Spicy Bacon Tomato Sauce
6 slices thick cut bacon (8 regular), chopped
2 medium onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 28oz cans crushed tomatoes
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flake (more or less to taste)

   Cook bacon in a large pot over medium heat until rendered and just shy of totally crispy.  Add onions, saute until soft and translucent, about 5-7 minutes.  If onions start to stick too much to the bottom, add a little water to loosen.
   Add garlic, tomatoes, oregano, and red pepper flake.  (If using unsalted tomatoes, add ~3/4 tsp salt.)
   Simmer uncovered over med-low for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.  Adjust salt if necessary.
   Serves 6-8.


  1. I love that show!
    How spicy is this sauce? It sounds sooo good (anything with bacon is though...) but I'm not a huge fan of super spciy things. I buy "medium" salsa, lol


  2. I would say this is on the medium level. Not mild by any means, but definitely not blow-your-head-off and burn your tongue. I added extra RPF (red pepper flake) on top of my pasta for additional kick.


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