Bacon with Tomato Orange Penne

Bacon with Tomato Orange Penne

This lively and full-flavored pasta is simple to prepare and is a delicious complement to any main dish. Surprise your guests' taste buds with the lively addition of orange zest!

Prep Time: 30 minutes  
Cooking Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients (serves 10 to 12 ):

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced onions
  • 1 (400-gram) pack Tyrolean bacon, chopped 
  • 12 to 15 pieces rehydrated sun-dried tomatoes, sliced     
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped canned tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons dried marjoram
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped basil leaves, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 450 grams penne pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to serve


1.  Melt butter in medium saucepan. Sauté garlic and onions until well-cooked.

2.  Add bacon and cook for 7 minutes.

3.  Add sun-dried tomatoes, canned tomatoes, marjoram, oregano, and orange zest. Boil then simmer for 20 minutes.
4.  Add finely chopped basil and red pepper flakes. Simmer for another 10 minutes.

5.  Adjust seasoning. Pour in extra virgin olive oil.

6. Toss in cooked pasta and transfer to a serving platter. Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and basil.

Make-ahead Tip:  Cook the pasta sauce 3 days in advance and store, covered in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, reheat sauce and toss in cooked pasta.

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