This is one of those super simple things to throw together, in one pan; it's packed full of flavor, and pretty economical to make. My kids loved it growing up and it was something their dad fed them in my absence. He loved the stuff too and I think about him every time I make it.
Here's to you, Doug.
- 1 lb of bacon, fried and set aside to drain
- 1-2 large yellow or white onion- chopped or diced
- 2 cans diced tomatoes
- 1 box of pasta (about 4 cups), your choice (I used chewy rigatoni noodles for this batch)
- 1 pinch of sugar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a large pot (or large cast iron skillet which is my preference) fry bacon in strips and set aside.
- Remove all but enough grease to coat the bottom of the pan or skillet.
- Add onions to pan or skillet and saute' until softened.
- Add tomatoes and a pinch of sugar and bring to a simmer. (you don't want this to be sweet. Use just enough sugar to kill the acidic bite of the tomatoes.
- Chop cooked bacon into 1" pieces and add to mix.
- Add pasta and 4-6 cups of water to pan or skillet. (The amount of water used depends on the type of past you choose.)
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Stir well and simmer until all liquid has been mostly absorbed and pasta will have a nice sauce coating. If pasta doesn't seem tender enough, just add a little more water and simmer a bit longer.
This recipe will make 4 adult size servings and goes great with a side salad or can be used as a side dish.