Italian spaghetti with simple tomato bacon sauce

This quick and easy Italian spaghetti with a simple tomato and bacon sauce has a twist for extra creaminess and is perfect for a weeknight dinner.
Course Main Course / Dinner
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword easy, sauce, simple, spaghetti, tomato
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author The Hungry Bites


  • 1 pound spaghetti pasta
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove of garlic crashed
  • 2 pounds ripe plum tomatoes, or good quality canned ones
  • 4 strips bacon, diced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon tarragon
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Greek yogurt, parmesan or feta cheese, chopped parsley for serving.


  1. Cut the tomatoes in half and remove the stems. Grate them and discard the skins (they will be left on the grater’s surface)

  2. Cook the bacon with the olive oil on medium heat until crispy. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Add the garlic and stir for 1 minute, then add the tomatoes, paprika, sugar, vinegar, salt, pepper, and tarragon. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes.

  3. Mix cornstarch with cold water and add one tablespoon in the sauce. Stir well and simmer for 1 minute. If you want the sauce thicker add the rest of the mixture and simmer for another minute. Turn off the heat.
  4. Cook spaghetti according to packaging, but one minute less. Drain, leaving just a bit of water. Return to heat, and add the tomato sauce. Simmer for one more minute, stirring all the time.
  5. Serve with some greek yogurt, parmesan and parsley. Eat.