Simple yet oh so delicious pasta sauce recipe

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  • Serves 4
  • 5 mins to prepare and 25 mins to cook
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Make the sauce first. Heat the oil in a wide frying pan over a medium-low heat. Add the garlic and sweat gently for a couple of minutes – don‘t let it colour.

Crush the tomatoes, then tip into the pan. Add a bay leaf, if you have one, bring to a simmer, and cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring often and crushing down the tomatoes with a fork until you have a thick, pulpy sauce.

Season with salt, pepper and a pinch of sugar. Leave it as a slightly chunky sauce or, if you prefer a smooth finish, blitz it with a hand-held blender (remove the bay leaf first). You can make the sauce ahead of time and chill or freeze it.

Bring a large pan of water to the boil, salt it well, then add the pasta and cook until al dente.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan, add the bacon and fry until crisp. Add the tomato sauce and let it simmer with the bacon for a few minutes, stirring often, allowing it to reduce and thicken a little further. Add black pepper to taste – it probably won‘t need more salt.

Drain the pasta and toss immediately with the sauce. Serve straight away, with a trickle more extra-virgin oil on top and more freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Please note: this recipe has been created and uploaded by a member of the Tesco Real Food online community. Tesco does not test customer recipes so cannot accept responsibility for the content, validate the results or answer queries regarding them.

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  • 350g pasta of your choice
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve
  • About 150g streaky bacon or pancetta, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and cut into very thin slivers
  • 2 tins whole plum tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
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