Servings: 4-6 / Ready in: 30 mins

penne with bacon, red onion and spicy tomato sauce


  • ¼ cup Olive oil
  • 12 oz Bacon, thinly sliced
  • 1 Red onion, cut into ¼” half moons
  • 2 Garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 jar Veracruz Cooking Sauce
  • 1 lb Short pasta shapes
  • Freshly grated Queso Cotija or Parmigiano


  1. Cook the Penne following the package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan, combine the olive oil, bacon, onion and garlic; set over low heat and cook until onion is softened and the bacon has rendered much of its fat, about 10 minutes.
  3. Drain all but 2 tbsp of the fat out of the pan. Add the Veracruz sauce, bring to a boil, lower heat to simmer and let cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Drain pasta. Add the pasta to the simmering sauce and toss for 1 minute to coat. Serve immediately, topped with freshly grated Cotija or Parmigiano cheese. Provecho!

TIP: Make it a vegetarian pasta, simply saute red onion and garlic in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and follow the rest of the recipe.