Penne Pasta with tomato and bacon

This simple recipe is a family favorite! It's a sure fire way to quickly gather the family around the dinner table for a hearty meal and a good conversation.


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½ a red pepper - diced ½ a yellow pepper - diced ½ a green pepper - diced 1 medium onion - diced 2 cloves of garlic - minced 1 teaspoon. dried basil (or 3 leaves fresh) 1 tablespoon. dried oregano 1 medium bay leaf red pepper flakes - to taste 2 tablespoon. olive oil 1 can of diced tomatoes ¼ cup of water 6-9 slices of bacon - diced (uncooked) 1 package of penne pasta - or any other pasta your family enjoys.

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Cook the pasta till 'al dente' as per the directions on the package. -This can be done in advance, simply rinse the pasta once its cooked, drain and set aside. Coat the bottom of a deep saute pan with olive oil and place over medium heat. Add onions, peppers and garlic and saute until slightly tender (about 3-4 minutes). Add the can of diced tomatoes, the basil, oregano, bay leaf, red pepper flakes and diced bacon - stir to combine all ingredients. Cover and let simmer over low-med. heat for 10-12 minutes - stir occasionally. Uncover and add the cooked pasta - mix together and simmer for 1-2 minutes or until the pasta is heated through and covered with sauce. Serve with a side salad and some garlic bread.