Bacon and Blushed Tomato Penne

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Bacon and Blushed Tomato Penne

Creamy tomato and crispy bacon penne pasta, alla vodka style

Ingredients to serve 2

  • 150g x Bacon Bits
  • ½ x Onion - diced
  • 1 clove x Garlic
  • 40g x Sundried Tomatoes - chopped
  • 150g x Cherry Tomatoes - quartered
  • ½ cup x Tomato Passata
  • 80ml x Cream
  • 4 tsp x Grated Parmesan
  • 150g x Penne Pasta
  • ½ cup x Water (from your pantry)
  • Sugar/Sweetener (from your pantry)
  • Sunflower Oil (from your pantry)
  • Salt and Pepper (from your pantry)

Ingredients to serve 4

  • 300g x Bacon Bits
  • 1 x Onion - diced
  • 2 cloves x Garlic
  • 80g x Sundried Tomatoes - chopped
  • 300g x Cherry Tomatoes - quartered
  • 1 cup x Tomato Passata
  • 160ml x Cream
  • 8 tsps x Grated Parmesan
  • 300g x Penne Pasta
  • 1 cup x Water (from your pantry)
  • Sugar/Sweetener (from your pantry)
  • Sunflower Oil (from your pantry)
  • Salt and Pepper (from your pantry)


Before You Begin

Prepare your ingredients & cooking utensils. Use a chopping board and lay all the ingredients out. Take out any "Pantry Items". Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil for use in Step 1.

Washing Instruction

Wash your hands and cherry tomatoes well.

Gino's Tip

A handy tip for chopping garlic is to add a little oil both to your knife and to your garlic. In this way, it won't stick to your knife and shoot all over the place.

Step 1- Penne Pasta

Cook your penne pasta in a large saucepan of salted, boiling water for 10-12 minutes until "al dente". Drain through a colander and set aside till later.

Step 2 - Creamy Tomato Pasta

Heat a large casserole pan over med-high heat. Add a glug of sunflower oil and fry your diced bacon for 3-4 minutes until crisp. Transfer to a serving plate. Using the same pan, add more sunflower oil if necessary, and sweat your onions and garlic for 3-4 minutes. Add your cherry tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, 1 Tbsp sugar, water, and tomato passata. Cook for 5-8 minutes until you have a thick sauce. Taste and season well with salt and pepper. If necessary, add more sugar to balance the tartness. Lastly, add your cream and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. If the sauce is too dry, thin it out with a little water. When done, fold in your penne pasta and crispy bacon.

To Serve

Divide your creamy tomato pasta amongst your servings and finish by sprinkling your parmesan over it. Enjoy!