Rich Tomato Pasta For Presto Pasta Nights

I am submitting this recipe for rich tomato pasta to Presto Pasta Nights, which is being hosted this week by the founder, Ruth, of Once Upon a Feast

I had a big UP weekend and an equally big DOWN weekend and so comfort food seems like the best option. On the down side, my darling Boxer spent the entire weekend at the vet as she was too weak to stand or eat. The infection is clear but they still do not know what was wrong with her. They do know that her kidney function is good, her liver function is normal, she does not have a cancerous tumour nor does she have diabetes. They do know that her platelet count is low. So, even though she is now home she has to go back for more blood tests on Friday. Dave was away for the weekend so I had to deal with this on my own, but not alone thankfully as my lovely twitter friends were there for me. Another aspect of this was that my Jack Russell was bereft – her ‘daddy’ and ‘sister’ were not home. It was also the weekend for the Good Food and Wine Show and I was not home Friday night until very late, and all day Saturday into the early evening. So, she slept in the bed with me – which did not please Dave to hear. Another down was my masterclass experience with James Martin – which you can read here.

On the up side, my mother flew in from Johannesburg for a conference and I got to spend Friday night and Saturday morning with her. We had a lovely prawn dinner and a fantastic deli lunch together. It was nice having her to myself even though for such a short time. My friend Sidey had a weekend challenge of comfort food – perfect theme for my meal.

Rich Tomato Pasta
Rich Tomato Pasta
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Rich Tomato Pasta

Recipe Category: Italian
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 15 mls olive oil
  • 4 rashers bacon sliced
  • 6 mushrooms sliced
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 75 mls tomato pasta sauce
  • 25 g Parmesan grated


  • while your pasta is cooking:
  • heat the olive oil in a large frying pan
  • fry the bacon until the fat has rendered down
  • add the mushrooms and when soft add the garlic
  • add the pasta sauce and bring up to a slow simmer
  • add your pasta and toss through
  • garnish with the Parmesan

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  2. Wow after that weekend… I do hope the dog is feeling better. I read your post about your masterclass experience at the Good Food & Wine Show – unconscionable! That said, I’m glad for the comforting pasta and you’re sharing it with Presto Pasta Nights. Hope this coming weekend is a better one all around!

    1. thank you so much Ruth – the dog is improving slowly every day. The masterclass was such a let down! I am sure this weekend is going to be 100% better – we have a shiraz and charcuterie afternoon to look forward to 🙂

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