Pasta and Pancetta in Smoky Tomato Sauce

This pasta and pancetta in smoky tomato sauce is a classic dish with a delicious twist. Ready in just 30 minutes and packed with flavor. Your whole family will love this dish! 

This pasta and pancetta in smoky tomato sauce is a classic dish with a delicious twist. Ready in just 30 minutes and packed with flavor. Your whole family will love this dish!

This is my final day of guest posts and it’s brought to you by the lovely Rachel of Rachel Cooks.  She is super sweet and an amazing friend. If you follow us on Twitter you would know that we generally chat all day long. I was so happy that she wanted to guest post again on Nutmeg Nanny. She is a gem.

Hi, everyone! I’m so happy to be back guest posting for Brandy. Remember me? I brought you lamb shanks the first time I had the honor of guest posting here. A lot has changed on my blog since then (or at least it feels like it to me), so make sure to head on over to my site if you’re bored and have some coffee left to sip on. Today I have a delicious pasta and pancetta in smoky tomato sauce dish for you. Enjoy!

This pasta and pancetta in smoky tomato sauce is a classic dish with a delicious twist. Ready in just 30 minutes and packed with flavor. Your whole family will love this dish!

If you’re familiar with my blog, you know that my husband is not a vegetarian. Not. Even. Close.

So, I save my vegetarian meals for lunches or nights when he is away. However, sometimes I try to sneak in a slightly less meaty meal, like this one. Far from vegetarian, but far from a slab of beef on a plate. He does love pancetta, though. He calls it bacon, but whatever…it’s bacon with high heels and pearls on.clip_image001

This pasta and pancetta in smoky tomato sauce is a classic dish with a delicious twist. Ready in just 30 minutes and packed with flavor. Your whole family will love this dish!

The original recipe called for 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika. Well, believe it or not, I’m a smoked paprika virgin. So I went light on it (1/2 teaspoon). That was enough for me, but feel free to bump it up depending on how smokey you want your sauce to be.  The original recipe also called for bacon, so feel free to substitute that if it is all you have or if you’re on more of a budget. Also, the recipe didn’t call for carrots or red peppers. You can leave them out if you’re not veggie-obsessed like I am.

This pasta and pancetta in smoky tomato sauce is a classic dish with a delicious twist. Ready in just 30 minutes and packed with flavor. Your whole family will love this dish!

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Pasta and Pancetta in Smoky Tomato Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound pancetta, cut into small cubes
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced small
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced small
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced small
  • 1 (28 ounce) can of whole peeled tomatoes, pureed
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound pasta
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, extra for garnishing

Source: Inspired from Everyday Food Magazine

Directions:

In a medium saucepan or a large frying pan (I used a frying pan), cook pancetta over medium high until crispy. Remove to a plate lined with paper towel.

Put a large pot of water on to boil for the pasta.
(Optional) Drain some of the fat from the pan, leaving ~1 Tbsp. Or if you're a fatty like me, leave it all in there.

Add onion, carrot, and red bell pepper, and cook until softened, 5-7 minutes.Then add pureed tomatoes and smoked paprika and bring to a boil. Simmer rapidly for about 10 minutes or until sauce has thickened.

Meanwhile, salt your pasta water and cook pasta according to the package. Reserve ~1/2 cup of the pasta water when it has finished cooking.

Drain pasta (don't forget to reserve some of the water). Return the pasta to the pot and add the tomato sauce, stirring to combine. Add reserved pasta water to bring it to your desired consistency (I added very little).

Add pancetta and chopped parsley and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve garnished with additional fresh parsley.

Verdict: This was great! I really liked the smokey (smoky? Ugh! I’ve been struggling with this for the entire post) flavor, cut by the fresh parsley and the crispy pancetta was just delicious. Isn’t it always?
Husband’s take: He really liked this too. However, 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!

16 Responses to “Pasta and Pancetta in Smoky Tomato Sauce”

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — October 3, 2011 at 6:45 am

    I love cavatappi pasta- it is just so darn cute. 🙂

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    Jersey Girl Cooks — October 3, 2011 at 7:59 am

    I like to have some “lesser meat ” meals too. This looks delicious.

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    amanda @ fake ginger — October 3, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Bacon with high heels and pearls! I love it!

    The dish looks amazing! I love how cute the cavatappi is!

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — October 3, 2011 at 11:14 am

    YOU’RE a gem, Brandy! Thanks for the sweet words and letting me guest post! I’m glad you’re home so we can drive everyone nuts again on Twitter with our craziness. 😉

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    Katherine Martinelli — October 3, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Love this recipe!! Sounds seriously delicious. And I love your description of pancetta 🙂

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    Geni — October 3, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Oooooh, this pasta dish looks so good. My husband is a red-blooded meat eater too. It’s so difficult when I am not a red-meat lovin’ eater. This dish looks like it would most definitely satisfy us both. More carrots and peppers is my vote. 😉

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    Deborah — October 3, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    This sound SO good!!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — October 4, 2011 at 9:13 am

    This looks delicious! I am sure my meat eating hubby would like this one as well! And I think my son would eat it – anytime I can make 1 thing for everyone it is a win!

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    Emily Malloy @Cleanliness — October 4, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Delectable!!

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    Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook — October 4, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    This recipe looks delish! We love pancetta (a classier bacon, as you might say) in our pasta. Yum

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    Tandy — October 5, 2011 at 8:41 am

    we call bacon a condiment in our house! Lovely recipe 🙂

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    Maris — October 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I saw this on Rachel’s sight and it looks soooo good!

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    Maris — October 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Wow. SITE not SIGHT. Must be Friday!

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    Aaria — October 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    It looks really yummy.. I am just in love with pasta! I can eat pasta 24/7. 😀

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    BigFatBaker — October 13, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Love this! And those noodles look perfect for this sauce. My bf is not a veggie person either so I am always looking for ways to sneak them in. He would call pancetta bacon too! Men.. can’t live with them, can’t live with out them. Great guest post!

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