How to Give Spaghetti an Upgrade with What's Already in Your Pantry

This traditional spaghetti and tomato sauce recipe gets an upgrade with the addition of smoky, salty bacon and zesty red onion. Plus, it only takes 30 minutes to make.

• Kosher salt
• Freshly ground pepper
• 1 pound(s) spaghetti
• 1 1/4 pound(s) bacon, chopped
• 1 medium red onion, diced
• 1 can(s) (28-ounce) Whole Peeled Tomatoes, puréed and strained
• 1/8 teaspoon(s) red pepper flakes
• 1 1/2 ounce(s) Pecorino Romano, grated

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1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat and cook bacon until tender, about 5 minutes. Add red onion and cook until translucent, about 10 minutes. Add tomatoes and red pepper flakes. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until sauce is slightly reduced, about 8 minutes.

2. Strain spaghetti, reserving 1/4 cup pasta water. Add spaghetti and pasta water to sauce, and toss. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with pecorino romano.

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