Pasta with Bacon Sauce



Pasta with Bacon Sauce is simple, elegant pasta dish that’s different from traditional. It’s great for a weeknight meal where you just feel like putting something together right away.

You can use regular bacon for this dish or pancetta. There is also a type of bacon called guanciale that is just delicious. It is made from pork cheeks and gives the dish a huge amount of flavor unlike anything you ever tasted.

Guanciale is available in Rome and in very few regions of Italy. If your lucky enough to find it here in the U.S. then use it for this Pasta with Bacon Sauce dish. If not then pancetta will be just as delicious.


  • 1 pound of penne pasta
  • 3 thick slices of pancetta, diced
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 8 baby portabella mushrooms, sliced
  • 6 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of fresh Italian flat leaf parsley
  • 1 tsp of fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup of fresh grated Parmesan cheese


  • In 6 quarts of boiling salted water cook the pasta until it’s al dente. Around 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large frying pan, sauté the pancetta for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the onions, garlic and mushrooms and cook another 2 minutes until the onions are translucent and the pancetta is crisp.
  • Stir in the basil and parsley.
  • Season with pepper.
  • Drain the pasta and toss with bacon mixture.
  • Serve with Parmesan cheese

    Serves 4 people

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