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Photo Updated January 2013

Dear Paula Deen,

First of all, let me apologize for saying that your newest cookbook – The Deen Family Cookbook – was hit and miss. I did try many recipes from it before I made that statement, but I hadn’t tried this recipe yet. And let me tell you – this recipe is reason alone to buy this cookbook. Sure, it’s not even close to healthy, but really – do we really expect healthy from the queen of butter? But next time I’m looking for comfort on a plate, I’ll be opening this book up to this recipe and making myself a big bowl of this delicious pasta. It really is one of the most delicious pasta dishes I’ve tried lately! Thank you for making me once again believe in Paula Deen!


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Smoky Tomato-Bacon Pasta
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Tomatoes, bacon and cream cheese make up the sauce for this easy pasta recipe.
Serves: 4 to 6 servings
  • ½ pound bacon
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • One 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cut into pieces
  • 1 pound uncooked pasta
  1. In a large skillet, cook the bacon until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Pour off all but ¼ cup of the bacon grease.
  2. Add the yellow onion to the grease and saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Add in the tomatoes and crumble in the bacon. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes. Add in the cream cheese and stir until melted.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Add the sauce and toss to combine.
  4. Serve immediately.
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  6. from The Deen Family Cookbook

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21 Responses to Smoky Tomato-Bacon Pasta

  1. kat says:

    bacon with cream cheese wow, i bet that is good

  2. Ryley says:

    Don't you kind of kick yourself when you find recipes like this that are sooo simple but so unbelievably good??
    I know I always do.. Like "Why didn't I think of that!"
    This does look like comfort on a plate… yummm..

  3. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A yummy combination!



  4. Katerina says:

    I still have never made a Paula Deen recipe, maybe this is the one to start with? After I detox from my current vacation diet. eee.

  5. Mary says:

    Holy Moly that pasta looks delicious!

  6. Grace says:

    heavy on the bacon and cheese—that paula knows what’s good, and so do you. stellar recipe, deborah!

  7. ashley says:

    looks very simple and delish!

  8. Ingrid says:

    HA! Very funny! I was wondering what to make for dinner and had decided on pasta but wasn't certain what recipe. I'll let you know how three (my kiddos)very different palates like it!

  9. Ingrid says:

    Hi, Deborah! I'm getting ready to clean up the kitchen from dinner. The kids enjoyed this and there were NO complaints from the three of them! Yay! I did change things a bit but more in the way of additions. I added some garlic paste (what's italian without it?) and freshly grated parm cheese as the end with a sprinkling of dried Italian herbs.

    Thanks for sharing!

  10. Tianne says:

    yay for paula!!! and yay for this recipe! perfect for weeknights. i love it. thx

  11. Erin says:

    It may not be healthy, but it looks fabulous!

  12. Jordon says:

    I made this last night! I didn't have diced tomatoes so I used rotel tomatoes, It was good, but I would rather regular diced tomatoes next time! I added some basil and sundried tomato cheese! YUMM! Thanks!

  13. Abby says:

    I watched her just today and she kept throwing sticks of butter into … everything. But I'm sure the food made it taste even better!

    Pasta and butter always floats my boat.

  14. Sophie says:

    Bacon makes everything better, that's our motto here :)!

  15. Ashley says:

    This looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing it! I really like your blog!

  16. eatme_delicious says:

    I don't eat meat but I'm definitely intrigued by this! Glad you found a recipe you love of hers.

  17. Kevin says:

    That is one tasty pasta!

  18. Tia says:

    i made this and loved it!

  19. Susan says:

    I make this all the time, but I have always made it and I am surprised seeing it on here. 🙂 I make mine with Chipotle for a kick. Great simple recipe…that everyone loves.

  20. Susan says:

    I make this all the time and have for many years. So I am a little surprised to see this on here. 🙂 I also add chipotle to kick it up a bit. Everyone loves this and it is a quick last minute meal as well.

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