Made this last night — a hit with the whole family (well, everyone over 2). The bacon fat gives the sauce a rich, creamy quality that reminds me of the refined, cream-enriched (and much more labor intensive)tomato sauces I made in culinary school. I’m always on the lookout for easy, inexpensive, family-style dinners and this one’s a winner. Thanks, Tim!
My husband hates tomatoes AND penne but I made this tonight and just before adding the basil and bacon in, I put the sauce in the food processor and turn it into a smooth sauce, then added the remaining ingredients and.. he loved it! It was so creamy and rich tasting, with a sprinkle of Parmigiano-Reggiano, will definitely make it again :)