What’s for dinner? My all time favourite last minute dinner recipe!

February 14, 2012

Bits and Pieces

I’m not sure about your teenage son experiences, but this is the question I am most frequently asked by my 12 year old son. No “how are you, Mum?” or “did you have a good day, Mum?”, from the minute he jumps into the car at the school gates, it’s all about his belly and wanting to know what will be filling it up that night. Therein lies the problem. What *is* for dinner tonight, especially when there is not so much in the pantry AND I have a P&C meeting to be at?? Mmmmmm easy-peasy – Tomato Bacon Pasta will do the job nicely and here it is – the easiest ‘throw together’ recipe I’ve encountered (and rely upon regularly)! Yumm, yumm, yumm.

Tomato and Bacon Pasta Sauce

Spaghetti Yum! picture source: www.sxc.hu


some Bacon – trimmed and chopped  (about 500g for a family, less for a couple but of course leftovers are yummo)

1 med-lge Onion – finely diced

2 x tinned diced tomatoes OR 1 x jar passata and 1 x tinned tomatoes

garlic – 1 teaspoon crushed or 1 clove of fresh

1 or 2 teaspoons of sugar

pkt spaghetti or other pasta

grated cheese for sprinkling on top (or parmesan if you like to be authentic)


In a frypan or large saucepan, add the bacon, onion and garlic. Cook this, while stirring, until the bacon is cooked and the onion is transparent-ish.

Add tomatoes – that’s the passata and 1 tin or the 2 tins of diced.

Sprinkle in the sugar – this is to counteract the acidity of the tomatoes and helps with the consistency of the sauce.

That’s it. All done!

Now have a sip (or 2) of wine, let the sauce simmer while the pasta is cooked in salted, boiling water.

Serve – pasta, sauce then cheese on top. If you’re healthy – add a side salad with fresh leafy greens, or, if you are more like me – add a side slab of garlic bread ;)



Now, help me out a bit here …. what’s your favourite rushed meal recipe?

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