Think pasta with tomato sauce is just for picky eating tots not discerning adults? This version will have you reconsidering that. The additions of bacon, goat cheese, and a little half and half turn this into something special. The result is a silky sauce with a pleasant tang from the cheese and a smoky-savoriness from the bacon. It’s great for nights when you don’t have much time to spend in the kitchen, but refuse to compromise on flavor. Also, don’t forget to finish cooking the pasta in the sauce. It really allows for the flavors to meld together and makes the pasta a more integral part of the dish.
-1 teaspoon olive oil
-1/2 yellow or white onion, chopped
-2 slices bacon, roughly chopped
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
-1 pinch sugar
-1 pinch red pepper flakes
-1 teaspoon fresh thyme
-2 tablespoons chopped basil
-2 ounces fresh goat cheese, such as Chavrie
-1/4 cup half and half
-1/2 pound dry pasta, cooked just shy of al dente
-1/4 cup parmesan cheese, for garnish
Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and bacon and saute, stirring until the onions are translucent. Add garlic and saute for one minute. Then add tomatoes through basil and reduce heat to medium low to simmer for 15 minutes. Add goat cheese, half and half, and pasta and saute for two minutes longer. Serve immediately, topping with parmesan cheese.