Delicious Spaghetti Recipe: Bacon, Tomatoes and Wine

As I sit down to write this recipe, the delicious aroma of bacon and tomatoes fills my kitchen. This combination of flavors is nothing short of magic. And when you add a good splash of wine to the mix, it turns into something truly special.

Today, I want to share with you my recipe for spaghetti with bacon, tomatoes, and wine – a dish that will make your taste buds sing with joy. With ingredients like pancetta or bacon, onion, garlic, tomatoes, chili pepper, and chicken broth, the resulting sauce is hearty, smoky, and full of umami.

This recipe has been passed down in my family for generations and it’s always a crowd-pleaser. It’s perfect for those busy weeknights when you want something filling and comforting without having to spend hours in the kitchen. Trust me; your family will be begging for seconds.

What I love about this recipe is that it’s incredibly versatile. You can use any type of pasta you like – spaghetti, penne or even fettuccine. If you’re not keen on bacon, feel free to sub in prosciutto or even smoked salmon. And if you’re vegetarian or vegan, simply skip the meat and add some chopped mushrooms or black olives.

For added richness and depth of flavor, I like to finish off the sauce with a generous grating of parmesan cheese, fresh Italian parsley or basil leaves. They all work incredibly well here.

So what are you waiting for? Grab a bottle of your favorite red or white wine (or both!), put on some Italian music and let’s make some magic in the kitchen!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Spaghetti with Bacon, Tomatoes And Wine
Spaghetti with Bacon, Tomatoes And Wine

Mangia mangia! That’s what’s going to happen when you whip up this delicious Spaghetti with Bacon, Tomatoes and Wine recipe. It combines the perfect blend of savory and acidic flavors that will have your tastebuds singing for joy.

First of all, what isn’t there to love about pasta? It’s a universally adored food that always hits the spot. Secondly, we’re talking about bacon here, people! Salty, crispy and downright irresistible. Add in the richness of tomato sauce and the fruity flavor of wine, and you’ve got yourself a match made in culinary heaven.

But here’s what really sets this dish apart from others: it’s versatile. Want something a little spicy? Throw in some chili pepper flakes. Prefer a white sauce over red? Swap out the tomato sauce for some creamy sauce made with white wine, chicken broth, and parmesan cheese. Want to mix things up even more? Add in some shrimp or chicken breast.

Not only is this recipe easy to make – it only requires a few ingredients and steps – but it’s also perfect for feeding a crowd. So next time you’re hosting family or friends, impress them with this deceptively simple yet flavorful spaghetti dish.

Trust me on this one – once you taste it for yourself, you’ll keep coming back for seconds (and maybe even thirds). Mangia mangia!

Ingredient List

“Getting ready to make a delicious plate of spaghetti with bacon, tomatoes and wine.”

Fresh Ingredients for a Delightful Spaghetti Recipe

Here are the fresh and flavorful ingredients you will need to create this delicious spaghetti recipe that features the tasty combination of bacon, tomatoes, and wine.

  • 1 400g spaghetti
  • 8 ounces bacon (chopped)
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 chili pepper (finely chopped)
  • 400g tomatoes (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup red wine or white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Feel free to adjust your ingredient list depending on your preference or the item availability in your pantry.

The Recipe How-To

“Gather all the ingredients and let’s start cooking!”

Cooking the Spaghetti

  1. Fill a large pot with salted water and bring it to a boil.
  2. Add in 400g of spaghetti and stir it occasionally until it is cooked al dente.
  3. Drain the water and reserve about 1 cup of pasta water for the sauce.

Making the Bacon Tomato Sauce

  1. Heat up a pan on medium heat and add 2 tbsp of olive oil.
  2. Once heated, add in 1 chopped onion and cook until it becomes translucent.
  3. Add in 6 cloves of minced garlic and cook until fragrant.
  4. Add in 1/4 pound of chopped bacon or pancetta into the pan and cook until they’re slightly crisp.
  5. Pour in 1/2 cup of red or white wine into the pan and let it simmer for a minute.
  6. Mix in 2 cups of tomato sauce, 1/2 cup of chicken broth, and 1/2 tsp of chili pepper flakes into the pan with the bacon mixture.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes until it thickens a bit.
  9. If you prefer a smoother sauce, use an immersion blender to blend the ingredients together.

Completing the Dish

  1. Put the cooked spaghetti into the pot with the bacon tomato sauce you just made.
  2. Toss everything together until it is well coated with sauce.
  3. If you prefer your pasta to be saucier, use some of the reserved pasta water that we saved from step one to thin out your sauce by pouring gradually while tossing pasta around over heat.
  4. Transfer everything to plates, sprinkle some fresh Italian parsley or basil, top with parmesan cheese, serve & enjoy..

Boun appetito!

Substitutions and Variations

“Adding the bacon to the frying pan, the aroma is already making me hungry.”

There are various ways to make this spaghetti with bacon, tomatoes, and wine recipe your own. You can substitute the bacon with pancetta or even prosciutto if you prefer a saltier taste. Another variation is to replace the chicken broth with vegetable broth or water for a vegetarian option. For those who enjoy spice, you can add chili pepper flakes while cooking for a little kick.

To make this recipe more decadent, try adding some cream to the tomato sauce towards the end of cooking time. This creamy bacon tomato sauce can then be poured over penne pasta for a different take on the classic spaghetti.

If you’re in the mood for seafood, swap out the bacon with shrimp and white wine instead of red. The wine sauce will still be fragrant and flavorful but with a lightly fruity flavor that pairs perfectly with shrimp.

Another variation is to create a dish similar to ‘Penne Boscaiola’ by substituting mushrooms for half of the tomatoes in the recipe. The woodsman-style pasta dish made with crispy bacon and earthy mushrooms is rich and satisfying.

Finally, you can add some fresh vegetables such as peas or spinach while sautéing the onions and garlic for an extra boost of nutrition. These substitutions will help you personalize your spaghetti with bacon, tomato, and wine recipe according to your taste preference.

Serving and Pairing

“Cooking the tomatoes until they’re nice and juicy.”

When serving spaghetti with bacon, tomatoes, and wine, it is essential to choose the right wine that will complement this hearty dish without overpowering it. A medium-bodied red wine with a fruity flavor, such as a Chianti or Barbera, pairs well with the rich tomato sauce and smoky bacon. It’s also okay to choose a white wine like Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc since they have a crisp finish and can help balance the acidity of the tomato sauce.

To enhance the flavors in this pasta dish, consider garnishing with fresh Italian parsley and shaved Parmesan cheese. The bright green parsley will add a pop of color to your plate while providing an earthy taste to contrast with the tomato sauce’s acidity. Meanwhile, the nutty and salty parmesan adds richness to the dish and balances out its flavors.

If you want to make this meal more substantial, serve garlic bread on the side. Garlic bread’s savory flavor harmonizes well with the spaghetti’s robustness while adding texture to every bite. It’s also possible to pair this dish with greens such as salads, vegetables like mushrooms or broccoli, or proteins like shrimp for an additional punch of flavor.

In conclusion, spaghetti with bacon, tomatoes, and wine provides scrumptious delight when paired with a medium-bodied red or white wine along with fresh herbs like Italian parsley and Parmesan cheese. For that perfect plate of pasta that will satisfy your taste buds’ cravings for home-cooked meals during chilly evenings, this recipe can be your go-to choice!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Time to add the wine and let all the flavors blend together.”

As a busy sommelier and food enthusiast, I understand the importance of meal planning and meal prepping. There are days when we simply don’t have the time to cook, but that doesn’t mean we have to compromise on taste or quality. That’s why I highly recommend making this spaghetti with bacon, tomatoes, and wine ahead of time.

One of the best things about this recipe is that it can easily be made ahead of time and reheated without losing any of its flavor or texture. Once you have cooked and combined all the ingredients, you can store the pasta in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

To reheat the spaghetti, simply add some water or chicken broth to a pan and bring it to a boil. Then add the pre-cooked spaghetti and cook for a few minutes until heated through. If you prefer to use the microwave, heat it up in intervals, stirring occasionally.

Another great option is to freeze this spaghetti dish for longer storage. Depending on your preference, you can freeze it with or without sauce. Freeze the spaghetti in an airtight container for up to 2-3 months. When you’re ready to enjoy it again, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Whether reheating from refrigerated or frozen state, if you find that your spaghetti has lost some of its moisture after storing, you can add additional olive oil or chicken broth while reheating before serving.

In conclusion, by making this spaghetti with bacon, tomatoes and wine ahead of time, storing and reheating it expertly and you’ll always have an easy yet delicious meal at your fingertips!

Tips for Perfect Results

“Boiling the pasta until it’s al dente.”

The perfect Italian spaghetti with bacon, tomatoes, and wine recipe is a combination of simple ingredients and bold flavors. However, if not executed well, this recipe can turn out to be a messy experience. In this section, I will share some tips to ensure that your dish turns out perfectly every time.

1. Perfectly Browned Bacon

Bacon is a crucial ingredient in this recipe, and it is essential to make sure it is correctly cooked. Start by heating the pan over medium heat and adding the bacon. Cook until the bacon browns ideally without burning it. You should also use paper towels or a strainer to blot off the excess grease.

2. Season the Pasta Water

When cooking spaghetti or any other pasta, it is tempting to skip seasoning the water. However, taking the extra step of adding salt to the water before boiling will enhance its flavor.

3. Don’t Overcook the Spaghetti

Ensure that your spaghetti maintains a little firmness or al dente because it will continue cooking once you add it to the sauce.

4. Use Fresh Herbs

Fresh herbs will give your dish a much brighter flavor compared to dried herbs. Consider fresh Italian parsley and basil when making this dish.

5. Pair with Wine

This dish pairs exceptionally well with red wine- fruity flavor and medium-bodied such as Chianti or Zinfandel for red sauce-based pasta dishes or white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc for creamy pasta dishes.

By following these five tips, you are guaranteed an exquisite plate of spaghetti with bacon, tomatoes, and wine all around.


As we conclude this spaghetti with bacon, tomatoes, and wine recipe, let’s take a moment to address any lingering questions or concerns that you may have. Here are some frequently asked questions to help guide you as you make this delicious dish.

What does adding wine to tomato sauce do?

There’s a little-known secret to making a rich and flavorful sauce – adding a splash of wine. As a sommelier, I’ve discovered that the alcohol content in wine can actually heighten flavors in a sauce by releasing the molecules that make it taste better. This is especially true of red wine, which has the added benefit of dissolving fats and enhancing the subtler flavors of the ingredients. By incorporating wine into your sauce recipe, you’re sure to delight your taste buds with a more complex and satisfying flavor profile.

Do you put wine before or after tomato sauce?

When it comes to enhancing the taste of tomato sauce, either red or white wine can work wonders. The deep taste of red wine can make the sauce bold and hearty, while the tangy sweetness of white wine can add a different fruity dimension. To get the maximum effect, add the wine early on in the cooking process as you sauté the vegetables.

What is the best wine to add to spaghetti sauce?

When it comes to pairing wine with pasta dishes that have tomato sauce, it’s important to choose a red wine that can balance out the acidity of the sauce. A medium-bodied wine is ideal for this combination, as it can complement the flavors of the pasta without being overpowered by the sauce. Some great options for a red wine to pair with a tomato-based sauce are cabernet sauvignon and Zinfandel.

What does white wine do to spaghetti sauce?

It’s worth knowing that in cooking, adding white wine to tomato sauce can be just as effective as adding red wine. Red wine can make the sauce richer and more intense, whereas white wine adds a subtle fruity flavor that can add an element of surprise to the dish.

Bottom Line

As a sommelier, I can tell you that the addition of wine to any recipe can elevate the flavor and experience of the dish. This Spaghetti with Bacon, Tomatoes and Wine Recipe is no exception.

By adding either red or white wine to the sauce, you’ll get a fruity and medium-bodied flavor that will perfectly complement the saltiness of the bacon and the sweetness of the tomatoes. You can pair this delicious pasta dish with a crisp white or a full-bodied red wine, depending on your preference.

In conclusion, this recipe is easy to make and adaptable to everyone’s taste. Whether you are looking for a classic bacon tomato pasta, spaghetti with bacon tomatoes wine sauce, penne boscaiola-woodsman style pasta or any other variant of pasta; this recipe has got you covered.

So why not give it a try? I promise you won’t regret it. Share this recipe with your friends and family, and let them experience the deliciousness that comes from adding some wine to their meals.

Spaghetti with Bacon, Tomatoes And Wine

Spaghetti with Bacon, Tomatoes And Wine Recipe

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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Calories 405 kcal


  • 1/2 lb spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 lb pancetta (cured italian bacon) or 1/4 lb bacon, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (I add more)
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup tomatoes, peeled
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup red wine or 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 teaspoon chili pepper
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 pinch basil (I use a little more to my taste)
  • parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • fresh Italian parsley, chopped


  • Cook spaghetti according to directions or until al dente.
  • In large skillet, heat oil saute bacon, garlic and onions until light brown.
  • Add remaining ingredients except for cheese and parsley and simmer on medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Drain pasta and toss well with sauce.
  • Add parmesan and parsley and serve.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 214gCalories: 405kcalCarbohydrates: 62.7gProtein: 11.2gFat: 10.4gSaturated Fat: 1.5gSodium: 72.4mgFiber: 3.5gSugar: 4.3g
Keyword < 60 Mins, European, Inexpensive, Meat, Oven, Pork, Sauces, Spaghetti, Vegetable
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