Spaghetti Amatriciana

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7 SmartPoints
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 12 min
Serves: 4

Reduced-fat bacon gives this Italian classic great flavour. The sauce is spicy – adjust the red pepper flakes to your taste.


  • 8 oz uncooked whole-wheat spaghetti

  • 1⁄8 tsp table salt, or to taste (for cooking pasta)

  • 1 tsp olive oil

  • 6 slice(s) uncooked reduced fat bacon

  • 1 large uncooked onion(s), finely diced

  • 2 cup(s) canned diced tomatoes

  • 1⁄4 tsp red pepper flakes

  • 1⁄8 tsp table salt, or to taste

  • 1⁄8 tsp black pepper, or to taste


  1. Cook spaghetti in salted water until al dente; reserve 1/4 cup of cooking water and then drain pasta.

  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook bacon, flipping once, until crisp; remove from pan and set aside. Increase heat to medium-high and add onion; cook until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Crumble bacon into pan and add tomatoes and red pepper flakes; toss to mix and coat.

  3. Add pasta and reserved pasta cooking water to tomato sauce; toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Yields about 1 1/2 cups per serving.


Serve with fresh chopped basil and grated Parmesan cheese, if desired (could affect SmartPoints value).

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