A bowl of bacon tomato and camembert pasta

Bacon and Tomato Pasta with Camembert Recipe

30 Minutes
Serves: 2

A simple camembert pasta with bacon and tomato,  al dente penne mixed with crispy bacon, served in a tomato, camembert and emmenthal sauce, flavoured with basil, garlic and chilli flakes. An ideal quick cook dinner

Recipe Ingreds

Pasta

  • 60 grams bacon (smoked)
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 25 grams camembert cheese
  • 0.5 tsp chilli flakes
  • 60 ml double cream
  • 25 grams emmenthal cheese
  • 4 sprig fresh basil
  • 1 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 25 grams parmesan or pecorino cheese
  • 150 grams penne pasta
  • salt (to taste)
  • caster sugar (to taste)
  • 1 tin tinned tomatoes small

Bread

  • 1 garlic bread

Recipe with pictures Steps

Step 1

  • set the oven to 200C 400F or gas mark 6
  • put the garlic bread on the baking tray and place in the oven follow cooking instructions on packaging

Step 2

  • half fill a pan with water and boil
  • add a spot of olive oil and a pinch of salt to the boiling water
  • add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until tender but with a slight bite

Step 3

  • heat the olive oil in the frying pan
  • chop the bacon into pieces
  • add the bacon to the pan
  • cook till crisp and golden brown

Step 4

  • peel and crush the garlic using the garlic crusher or chop finely add to the bacon
  • Add the chilli flakes, tomatoes, sugar to the bacon
  • cook for a minute or two
  • cook till sauce thickens to a jam like consistency

Step 5

  • cut the camembert into small cubes
  • grate the emmenthal cheese
  • add the cheeses and cream to the tomato and bacon mixture

Step 6

  • drain the pasta and add to the tomato, bacon and cheese mixture
  • if sauce is to tight add some pasta water to the sauce
  • taste and season with salt and pepper if necessary
  • wash and tear the basil leaves
  • add the basil to the sauce saving a little to sprinkle on the top

Step 7

  • remove the garlic bread from the oven

Step 8

  • share the tomato and bacon pasta equally between the serving bowls
  • serve with garlic bread, grated parmesan and a sprinkle of basil

Recipe Utensils

  • 1 baking tray
  • 1 chopping board
  • 1 frying pan
  • 1 Garlic crusher
  • 1 grater
  • 1 large knife
  • 1 large pan
  • 1 sieve

How to make bacon, tomato and camembert pasta

Simply cook the pasta in boiling water till al dente, cook the bacon squares with crushed garlic, and chilli flakes, and the tomatoes and the sugar and cook till the sauce is a jam like consistency. Add the cheese and allow to melt, then add the cream and cook till it thickens a little. Add the pasta, and coat in the sauce

Recipe tips

  • when you drain the pasta save the water and use to loosen the sauce if it gets to thick
  • Choose strong flavoured cheeses to balance the tomato and bacon
  • Sometimes tinned tomatoes can be a little tart if they are add a tiny bit of sugar to the sauce

When to cook camembert pasta

This recipe is perfect any time of year, a tasty but simple after work dinner for those lazy days when you are just too tired to cook.

Who will love this recipe?

This recipe is ideal for adults and children, it is quick to cook and perfect for a work night dinner on those extra busy days. It is a great dish for cheese lovers, and it is a delicious comfort food recipe.

If you are cooking the dish for a special occasion, pick a different pasta possibly one of the oversize shells or penne, and for that extra special touch serve with a selection of delicious continental breads.

Flavour profile

This recipe has a tartness from the tomatoes, a crispy saltiness from the bacon, both these cut through the rich and creaminess of the cheese

what to eat with camembert, tomato and bacon pasta?

Serve this delicious cheesy pasta with grated parmesan and garlic bread in the winter and a light green salad in the summer, with a balsamic dressing or a cider vinegar-based dressing.

Feel free to add extra items to the dish, such as diced cooked chicken or alternate the cheese with whatever cheese you have in the fridge, the dish is better suited to strong flavoured cheeses and can be the ideal recipe to use up left over cheese board cheeses.

What makes our camembert, tomato, and bacon pasta the best?

The combination of two cheeses, bacon and tomato makes this pasta dish delicious. The star of this recipe is the mixture of the sharpness of the tomatoes which cut through the richness of the Emmental and camembert cheese make this a delicious cheesy tomato sauce. We are great fans of spinach and whole-wheat pastas but this dish is best served with a plain traditional pasta.

Frequently asked questions 


QuestionAnswer

Does camembert melt well?

Yes it melts well especially if the camembert is ripe, ripe camembert is soft to the touch

Can you eat the skin on camembert?

Yes, you can, the skin or rind on the cheese is perfectly safe to eat and will add extra flavour

What does camembert taste like? 

It is a very soft and creamy cheese with a kind of milky, nutty, mushroom taste

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