This Creamy Spaghetti with Bacon is tossed in a simple tomato cream sauce with lots of crispy bacon and only uses 5 ingredients!
If you are looking for easy dinner recipes and your family loves bacon, this creamy bacon pasta dish is your answer!
I made this dish with Coleman Natural Hickory Smoked Uncured Bacon and my family and I devoured it! They LOVED the taste of the smokey bacon, and I loved the fact that the Coleman Natural bacon I used was all-natural and sourced from farms that never use antibiotics or added hormones.
With SO MANY options for buying bacon and meat these days, it’s important to know how to read a meat packaging label so you know that you’re buying the best!
So, what does “the best” mean?? I’ll give you a quick run-down on what to look for when reading a meat label.
HOW TO READ A MEAT LABEL
This graphic from Coleman Natural is such a great resource on exactly what everything means when you look at a meat label.
In recent years, my family and I have become even more conscious of understanding WHERE exactly our meat comes from and what’s in it.
I love that Coleman Natural products state this information so clearly on their label!
WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON A MEAT LABEL
Have you ever thought about what you should look for on the meat label?
Coleman Natural products adhere to the highest quality standards–and they showcase it right on their label! Here are a few things they showcase, and that you should keep an eye out for:
- The product is sourced from farms that never use antibiotics or hormones.
- The product is uncured–meaning there are NO artificial preservatives.
- Raised in the USA. The product is sourced from animals born and raised in the USA and never sourced from overseas.
- Humane animal care call-outs. Certain animal care standards should be abided by that are audited by a third party. Coleman Natural is American Humane Certified.
I would be very wary of any meat product where you can’t find this information on the label quickly!
IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY FARMERS
While every one of these standards are important to me and my family, I always get SUPER excited when I see “Raised in the USA” or “Sourced from family farmers” on a meat label (it’s rare, trust me!).
Although I was born and raised in California, I come from a family of Midwestern farmers. I know just how hard they work and how passionate they are about their trade! Nothing makes me happier than to support those families that are the backbone of agriculture here in the United States!
Now that you have a little background on reading a meat label and important things to look for, let’s make some BACON PASTA!!!!
You’ll need the following simple ingredients to make this Creamy Spaghetti with Bacon:
Spaghetti: Thin spaghetti, angel hair, and penne also work well but use your favorite pasta!
Heavy Cream: I don’t recommend substituting half and half or milk here, because the sauce won’t thicken as well. If you MUST substitute, use one of my 15 Substitutions for Heavy Cream here so you can get the texture right!
Bacon: I use Coleman Natural Hickory Smoked Uncured Bacon for this recipe and couldn’t be more pleased! Coleman Natural products are all-natural with no antibiotics or hormones and sourced from American *family* farmers–did I mention I LOVE that?!
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HOW TO MAKE CREAMY SPAGHETTI WITH BACON: STEP BY STEP
Here are some quick visual instructions. Remember that the full recipe with exact ingredients will be in the recipe card below!
Step 1: Cook pasta according to package directions. While pasta is cooking, cook bacon 7-9 minutes until crisp. Remove bacon from pan and transfer to a paper-towel lined plate. Remove all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease.
Step 2: Add garlic and tomato paste to the pan and cook for a few minutes, stirring often.
Step 3: Add in heavy cream and cook until bubbly and slightly thickened. The sauce shouldn’t be too thick and barely coat the back of a spoon. Season sauce with salt, as needed.
Step 4: Toss spaghetti noodles and reserved bacon with the sauce until pasta is well-coated. Enjoy immediately!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Did you make this? Please RATE THE RECIPE below!
Creamy Spaghetti with Bacon
- 16 oz. spaghetti or your favorite pasta!
- 12 oz. bacon, chopped into small 1 inch pieces Coleman Natural Uncured Hickory Smoked Bacon
- 4-5 cloves garlic about 1 heaping tablespoon
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- sea salt/fresh black pepper to taste
- Parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes (optional, for serving)
- In a large pot, cook pasta to al dente, according to package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water before draining.
- While pasta cooks, in a large skillet over medium low heat, cook the bacon about 7-9 minutes or until pieces are crisp. Remove cooked bacon from skillet and transfer to a paper towel lined plate.
- Remove all but one tablespoon of the bacon grease. Then, add garlic to skillet and cook 1-2 minutes until soft and fragrant. Stir often to ensure garlic doesn't burn.
- Add tomato paste, and cook for 1 minute more, stirring often.
- Add heavy cream to the pan and cook 2-3 minutes until sauce begins to bubble and thicken. Whisk often while cooking. Note: If sauce becomes too thick, just add a splash of the reserved pasta cooking liquid. Sauce shouldn't be too thick – it should barely coat the back of a spoon. Season sauce with sea salt and pepper as needed.
- Add cooked pasta into the sauce, along with the reserved bacon and toss until everything is well combined. Again, if the sauce gets too thick, just add a little of the pasta water. Taste, and season with more sea salt if needed.
- Top with Parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes and fresh ground pepper if you like, and serve immediately!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Coleman Natural Foods. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I will never recommend brands or products that I don’t support 100%. You can read my full disclosure here.