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Smoky bacon and tomato spaghetti

Smoky bacon and tomato spaghetti

Smoky bacon and tomato spaghetti is a quick and super thrifty solution for tea time.


  • 400g spaghetti
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 120g smoked streaky bacon, sliced into matchsticks
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • Grated Parmesan to serve (optional)


  1. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the spaghetti following pack instructions. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and cook the bacon for 3-4 mins until just starting to crisp. Stir in the onion and cook for another 3-4 mins, then add the garlic and smoked paprika, and cook for 1 min more.
  2. Pour in the chopped tomatoes, bring to the boil and bubble for about 5 mins until thickened, stirring every so often to stop it catching on the bottom. Drain the pasta and toss with the sauce. I serve with Parmesan but that’s totally up to you.


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David Naylor is the editor of the Thinking Thrifty blog. He is a frugal, nifty thrifty money saver. He is also a contributor to Clear Debt, ICOUNT Money and M1 Debt Advice blogs offering financial tips and advice.
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