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Spaghetti Amatriciana

2 - 6
PersonalPoints™ per serving
Total Time
27 min
15 min
12 min
Reduced-fat bacon gives this Italian classic great flavour. The sauce is spicy – adjust the red pepper flakes to your taste.


Uncooked whole wheat spaghetti

8 oz

Table salt

tsp(s), or to taste (for cooking pasta)

Olive oil

1 tsp(s)

Uncooked reduced fat bacon

6 slice(s)

Uncooked onion(s)

1 large, finely diced

Canned diced tomatoes

2 cup(s)

Red pepper flakes

¼ tsp(s)

Table salt

tsp(s), or to taste

Black pepper

pinch, 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 Points value).