A bacon lover's spaghetti sauce

A bacon lover's spaghetti sauce


  • cooking olive oil: 2 1/2 tablespoons
  • smoked bacon: 3 1/2 ounces
  • Garlic cloves: 3
  • Onion: 1 1/2
  • Crushed Tomato: 1
  • Red wine (dry): 1/2 cup
  • Tomato paste: 1 1/2 tablespoon
  • Beef stock: 1 cup
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Black Pepper: 1 teaspoon
  • Spaghetti: 0.8 to 1 pound
  • Parsley/Basil: enough to slightly garnish


If you are like me and like to make new pathways rather than tread the old ones, then I welcome you to a new journey on the path of coking this Thanksgiving. Hold on, I am not asking you to do away with the turkey! That will be like following the other side. Nope, may you have the prettiest looking, properly cooked turkey right the center of your dining table. That is my wish for you this Thanksgiving. I am talking about revolutionizing the side dishes that you have. After all Thanksgiving is a big deal, are you really going to rely on the run of the mill dishes? Do you not want yours to be slightly exciting and leave everyone wondering about and complimenting you about your creativity?

A nice surprise on any family occasion is well, nice! We often take our families for granted (obviously not consciously) and that is perhaps the reason why it fells so nice when we are surprised by our family rather than anyone from work or maybe a friend. So, I thought why not utilize all the time that I am going to spend cooking at thanksgiving to cook something which outlasts the day of thanksgiving. Yes, I found it the perfect time to get some time consuming yet necessary cooking for the family done. I am talking about undertaking a wonderful spaghetti sauce recipe.

This is the one that cook for many people and in large quantities so that it lasts me a couple of months before I have to get down to making it again. All you lazy cooks might be shaking your head right now thinking I am just going to buy that from the store. But, if my years of culinary experience have taught me something, it is that machines can never cook as good as the humans. There is a certain love and care that goes into the recipe along with the ingredients which makes your family lick their fingers after having a home cooked meal. Of course my kids like having a burger or a sandwich from outside every now and then, but given a choice they would always opt for something home cooked.

This time I decided to bring some competition for the delicious turkey and had a multi cultural table ready for the traditional Thanksgiving (say hello to modernism and globalization). I thought this will also start as a great conversation starter and will give the children an opportunity to learn some interesting facts about food from other cultures. So create a healthy and fun experience for your family too. To get you started, here is my spaghetti sauce recipe:

  1. To start off, put a little extra virgin or cooking olive oil into a cooking pan on high heat. Turn it medium as soon as the pan heats up. Spread it throughout the pan uniformly.
  2. First of all let us remove the fat from the bacon so add it to the pan and let the fat subside and the bacon become brown. Remove the fat from the pan and add more olive oil. Using a soft cloth, dry out the beef and then add it to the pan until it is brown in color.
  3. Use a wooden spoon to crush the meat and make it into a crumbly mixture. Since the meat goes soft after cooking, this should be easy.
  4. If the meat is evenly brown, add garlic and onion along with the pepper and leaves. Sprinkle the salt and pepper on the top and mix everything in with the spoon. Let this cook for about 10 minutes.
  5. After 10 minutes, add the dry red wine and add the beef stock along with the tomato paste. Stir well at this point, you might need to scrape the bottom too but nothing to worry about, this is the richness of this sauce if anything.
  6. Finally add the crushed tomatoes and you are done. Let the whole thing simmer slowly for the remaining cooking time and prepare your pasta over another stove. Do not forget to add the pasta water into the sauce; just one cup should do the trick.

I hope my spaghetti sauce recipe is a hit with your family and friends too. Enjoy!