tomato bacon pasta
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Bacony tomatoey pasta

Quick, delicious and easy - what could be better!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: budget meals, cheap family recipes, savoury
Dietary Requirements: Dairy Free, Nut Free
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 605kcal
Author: Thrifty Lesley
Cost: 30p



Serves 2

  • 100 g bacon cooking bacon, 57p/500g, 11p
  • 1 onion 59p/kg, 6p
  • 1 carrots 60p/kg, 6p
  • 1 tin tomatoes chopped, 29p
  • 1 tblsp oil £1.09/2.27 litres, 7p, any fat will do
  • 160 g pasta value, 29p/500g, 9p


  • Chop the bacon, onion and carrot and sauté in the fat until soft. This step is important as the carrot won't soften any further once the tomatoes are added and boiled onion isn't the best
  • Add the tomatoes and simmer for at least 10 minutes. Taste and season.
  • I used a tsp mustard, tsp dark brown sugar and a grating of nutmeg. Taste and taste again.
  • In the meantime, cook the pasta.
  • Once everything is ready, divide the pasta between 2 bowls, tip the sauce over and mix through.
  • This was good on its own, and if you want to keep the cost down, stop here.
  • We added extras and had ours topped with some grated cheese and chopped walnuts, and some broccoli on the side, which still works out at a very reasonable 80p


Priced at Asda using mySupermarket, September 2017
Pasta and sauce 30p each
Pasta, sauce, cheese, nuts and broccoli 80p each
Nutrition excludes the extras
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Calories: 605kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 359mg | Potassium: 455mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5095IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg