Pasta Amatriciana (code for Bacon and Chilli)

By now you know we’re a carb loving, garlic and chilli devouring kind of family.  Yes, even the smallest member of our household loves a good dose of chilli with her pasta.  Weird I know, but I guess it’s just what they have grown up on.  So, for us this dish is one I can serve to the whole family, but for most people out there I’m guessing it would be something you might whip up for the adults when the kids are having chicken nuggets and chips.  Am I right?

This is my take on a version I saw Geoff Jansz make many, many years ago.  I loved it so much I didn’t write down the recipe.  That doesn’t sound like me at all!  But the ingredients are very basic, so it wasn’t difficult to re-create last week when I had a craving for pasta and chilli. It’s one of my favourite last-minute meals. Hope you like it.

Pasta Amatriciana


Pasta AmatricianaOlive Oil

2-3 Cloves of garlic, diced or minced

1 large onion, finely diced

5 Short Rindless Bacon Middle Rashers, diced

1/2 tsp Crushed Chilli Flakes

800g Can Diced Tomatoes

1/2 Cup Water

Salt and Pepper to taste

500g Penne Pasta

1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese


Gently heat a couple of tablespoons of oil in a medium sized pan or saucepan.

Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion becomes translucent.

Add the bacon and cook for a couple of minutes.

Add the chilli flakes and cook until the bacon begins to brown.

Add the tomatoes and water and bring to the boil.

Reduce the heat to simmer and allow the sauce to bubble away until it reduces to a thick, tomatoey sauce.

Meanwhile cook your pasta according to packet directions.  Make sure you don’t over-cook your pasta.

After you have drained the pasta, add it to the tomato sauce along with the parmesan cheese and stir to combine.

Serve immediately, sprinkled with more parmesan if you like.

About Rebekah

Hi, I'm Rebekah, a happily married mum of six who also happens to be a cooking and baking addict and new accidental blogger. I live in Rural Sout-East Queensland, about an hour and a half from Brisbane . I have a 16 year old son who is itching to learn to drive, a 9 year old daughter with Type 1 Diabetes who loves to play her violin and dance her way from one end of the house to the other, 7 year old twins, a son who loves cars, trucks and bike riding with his dad and his twin sister who loves to paint and draw her life and hang it on mummy's fridge. Then there is Little Miss 5, the happiest child I have ever met, very independent, and she dances and sings everywhere she goes, followed closely by her almost 3 year old sister who thinks she is the boss of everything and is a mixture of all of her siblings put together. To say life can be exhausting is an understatement, but we wouldn't have it any other way. Plate4Eight came about through my need to get organized in the kitchen. I no longer have time to go searching through cookbooks and folders for "that recipe we liked last week", and the more organized I am, the more time I have to spend with my family and experiment in the kitchen, which is my form of relaxation. So, if you're looking for something to have for dinner tonight, or just want to try something new, have a look around. I hope you find something you like.

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