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Bacon & Tomato Spaghetti Recipe

Bacon & Tomato Spaghetti Recipe

Our summer-perfect pasta features baby spinach, cherry tomatoes and crisp bacon tossed with a tangy balsamic vinaigrette. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 1/2 pound thick-sliced bacon strips, chopped
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • 1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. Saute tomatoes in drippings until tender. Drain spaghetti; stir into skillet. Add the spinach, bacon, vinaigrette, salt and pepper; heat through. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cup: 409 calories, 18g fat (5g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 833mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 15g protein .

Reviews for Bacon & Tomato Spaghetti

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LindaFS
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2016

"This is a great recipe - so quick and simple to prepare and it is easy to tweak it to your personal preference. I love the addition of healthy greens. I used baby spinach, chard and kale. I saut?ed onion and garlic first, added a tablespoon of tomato paste and then 2 jars of home canned tomatoes along with the cherry tomatoes and bacon. I served this to a group of friends and it was a well received. Thank you for posting the recipe."

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CaroleeHen
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2015

"We loved it. We had a lot of cherry tomatoes to finish. This was perfect."

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mslar82
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2015

"This recipe was amazing. So tasty. The bacon is a plus. I certainly will make this again and I will pass on this recipe."

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hjberube
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2015

"Tasted great until I added the balsamic vinaigrette -- I love it as a salad dressing, but didn't care for it in this recipe. I may try regular Italian dressing next time, or just use extra parmesan cheese for flavor."

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mrssmb06
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2015

"Was delicious"

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jblunt4
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2015

"My family and I really like this ! I doubled this for my family of 5 and also used fettuccine noodles and added sliced baby portobella mushrooms to this. I will definitely make this again"

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MarineMom_texas
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2015

"I prepared this recipe for lunch today and give it a thumbs up. Delicious. It was easy to prepare and we loved it. Please don't confuse the balsamic vinaigrette for balsamic vinegar. It is not vinegar but a salad dressing. Big difference. We will be having this delicious dish again. I highly recommend this recipe as a Volunteer Field Editor for Taste of Home."

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jvulgamore
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2015

"I accidentally added sugar instead of salt...my bad. Guess I will never be on MasterChef!"

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annrms
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2015

"We enjoyed this recipe very much! I couldn't bring myself to "cook" the fresh, farmer's market cherry tomatoes, so I kept them raw and tossed them with the spinach and hot pasta. They wilted just enough to soften...perfect. I also added a bunch of scallions that I sliced into ribbons with my green bean "frencher" tool. The pasta I used was a tubular rice pasta which made the dish GF. I did use the bacon drippings, but I omitted the extra oil of the vinaigrette; instead, I used white balsamic vinegar as I usually do when making German potato salad. I am so glad there are leftovers...will bring to room temperature before eating!!!"

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kturner057
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2015

"We really enjoyed this - however I messed up and overcooked the tomatoes! It was still good, but could've been better! I also added 6 cups of baby spinach - yum!"

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cyndiele
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2015

"Delicious as is but can add various veggies....onions....garlic...meat/chicken."

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Cfink
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2015

"I added chicken to this recipe. Delicious!"

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cliftonhanger
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2015

"This is simple and very good, the addition of garlic does help."

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rtie
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2015

"How do you make the vinegrette ? Have made this before using just ovoo!"

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Dougie55
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2015

"Great as it is, for sure. I now usually do as others suggested and add green onion and garlic..and is wonderful with sauteed shrimp in it."

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angelflake
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2014

"This sounds absolutely wonderful!"

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katie2375
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2014

"Excellent!"

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GrammaPat47
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2014

"I've made this one before and it is so good. My family loves it."

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dham74
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2014

"I was pleasantly surprised at how good this turned out. I will be making it often. I will add garlic, green onions on the next go round.."

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nsscrapper
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2014

"Will never make this recipe again it's so plain and blah ."

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raj27Dutch
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2014

"We thought this was absolutely delicious. This is a definite "keeper" in my recipe file."

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toolbarsco
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2014 Edited Apr. 21, 2014

"I have been so excited to try this recipe--so many rave reviews. I was just a teensy bit disappointed but I can't exactly pinpoint why I felt that way. The family loved it. I'll definitely make it again, but I might try substituting half of the spinach with fresh basil. I will also add some garlic."

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aug2295
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014

"Pleasant taste and easy to put together. I don't care for spiniach so I used broccoli instead."

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LeslieH
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2014

"A tasty recipe that is something different from the usual sauce. I made it with chicken bacon to cut back on the fat and was good as well."

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JCV4
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2012

"This was really quick and easy. I used some lighter ingredients to bring down the calorie count. Delicious!"

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dianeve
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2012

"I love it."

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LZC
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2012

"I love this recipe. I did make a couple of substitutions. I used low sodium bacon and I used whole wheat pasta."

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cppebbles
Reviewed May. 24, 2012

"I never make the same meal twice. My sons and I give each recipe a thumbs up or thumbs down rating. This recipe got a thumbs up from myself and the boys. Very easy to make and had on hand all the ingredients. I hope others realize the difference between balsamic vinaigerette and balsamic vinegar;it doesn't seem like it based on the other reviews I read."

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Jomes
Reviewed May. 10, 2012

"I substituted diced pepperoni slices for the bacon and just fried it a little. What an excellent, fresh Italian taste. I will definitely make it again."

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trixiejo302
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2012

"I've reviewed this recipe before but decided that it warranted another 5-star review. This is absolutely delicious and so easy to make. The only thing I ever change is to add more Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing because it just adds so much flavor to the pasta. I noticed some of the reviews saying that they will cut back the vinegar - I just want to point out that the recipe calls for salad dressing, not straight up vinegar. This is an OUTSTANDING recipe for lunch or dinner! I highly recommend it!!"

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mareaser@yahoo.com
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

"This is really good. I added some sliced fresh mushrooms.......yummy"

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Indecision
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2011

"This was very good. I did add some fresh basil. I added some thin sliced ham and a bit less bacon. Makes a nice colorful presentation. Will make again."

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LBurkey
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2011

"I added 2 cloves of garlic to the simmering tomatoes. Also, I think I would cut back on the balsamic just a little. Very good!"

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Rhea10
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"Like a BLT in a pasta costume. Seriously good stuff. Next time I might slightly decrease the amount of balsamic vinegar... Will be making again soon!"

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ottis_1
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2011

"I added 3 cloves of garlic sliced and sauteed it with the spinach"

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mommaseven
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2011

"We loved it. Turned out we didn't have spinach but used onion. It was a big hit, even for people who don't usually care for tomatoes! LOVED IT!"

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kbundick
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2011

"Wonderful recipe. When I see so many reviews on a recipe but am unsure of it I am still willing to try it. This was so good. I am thinking of replacing normal spaghetti and putting this in its place. My 3 year old son did not care for it but no biggie. This was great!!!!"

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LZC
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2011

"It was very easy to make and my family loved it."

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amy j peters
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2011

"This is excellent, I made it last night for my husband and myself and we really enjoyed it"

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Miguet
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2011

"This is so good. I made it with a one pint container of cherry tomatoes and a 10 ounce bag of spinach. I did add a little of the pasta water to moisten the sauce since I drained the pasta too much."

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UpToMe123
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2011

"Easy to make, great tasting.....just made for the first time last week, and my husband has suggested that we make it again."

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Rosebud1938
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2011

"Quite good and oh so easy and quick. Didn't have any fresh spinach, but did have frozen. Thawed and squeezed water out and it was good!"

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meandmicah
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2011

"I have made this a couple of times and love it! I did make a couple of changes. I used A Taste of Thai vermicelli noodles (gluten free) instead of regular. I also made a vinagraitte using white balsamic vinegar, olive oil and a dried Italian herb mixture. I have made this with cherry tomatoes and regular tomatoes I cut up. I liked it both ways.. cutting regular size tomatoes takes less time than cutting the cherry tomatoes."

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Peaches_77
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2011

"I really like this dish. Simple ingredients, easy & quick to assemble. And different from your everyday fare. It only loses 1 star because I could not entice any of my kids to eat it. They are not spinach fans, but I loved it and mama does the cooking around here!"

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bustermommy
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2011

"It was okay, but I wouldn't bother again."

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nehani
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2011

"okay-second time trying to get this in...nasty recipe.Guess we missed the boat because leftovers won't make it to lunch. Flat, boring and too many tomatoes. Garlic won't even help. Good thing only thing I had to buy was the spinach because it would have been a waste of money.Glad everyone else liked it..we will be deep sixing this recipe."

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nehani
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2011

"I guess I missed the boat on this one, because we thought it was AWFUL.It was flat, had no flavor and too many tomatoes--and we love tomatoes. I'm not sure even garlic would help this one. Thankfully the only thing I had to buy was the spinach. We'll be deep sixing this one."

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nanff
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2011

"This was a great recipe, I used fresh swiss chard from my patio garden in place of the spinach...yum !!!"

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AdeleDegnan
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2011

"Very yummy! Will make again for sure. Made as written."

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MJinATL
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2011

"Made this last night...only thing I did differently on the ingredients is add sauted onions (1/2 cup) and red pepper flakes. Very good dish and will make again soon and often."

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tgoneby
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2011

"This recipe, with a few changes, was a staple at our table when I was growing up.

My Mom used home canned tomatoes instead of cherry tomatoes, and omitted
the spinach. My sister, brother, and myself were thrilled when we got home from school and there was a big pot of "skitty" simmering on the stove. It was definitely a comfort food in our house!"

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tmasucci
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2011

"This recipe was excellent! We decided to tweak it a little bit though. We added a little bit more bacon grease, two scrambled eggs, and 1/2 cup of mariana sauce. And we also used four cloves of garlic and penne pasta!!! I cannot wait to try the left overs tomorrow!!!!"

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Indecision
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2011

"We loved this and so easy and fast. I did make a couple changes. I added several chopped leaves of fresh basil and substituted thin ham slices for 1/2 the bacon. It is definately a Keeper."

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chefginnie
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2011

"this was fabulous I used an italian dressing and cheese"

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cookoholic
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2011

"Fixed this tonight, just as the recipe read. My husband and I both thought that it was terrific! It'll be part of our meal rotation from now on!! Thanks for a great...quick and easy...recipe!!"

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KaleandKameron
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2011

"used frozen pkg of spinach

used Zesty Italian Dressing and no vinaigrette
used shredded mexican cheese in place of parmesan"

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Regi M
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2011

"So nice to see so many (25) positive reviews. Will make as soon as I can get my hands on some cherry tomatoes. To answer Toni51's question about type of pasta (I did use the internal system as well - by clicking on the name) - virually all shapes of pasta are made with the same ingredients - so use whatever shape you have or prefer. Shells and penne can trap more sauce. Choose a size that doesn't overwhelm the other ingredients. You could also use egg noodles as well. For some dishes I use the coloured/flavoured noodles, but I think this dish is colourful enough and is best with the plain pasta. Hope this helps."

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sdipiazza
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2011

"Made this for dinner last night. I only used 4 oz. of bacon which was plenty for us. I made my own fat free balsamic

vinaigrette. When I make this again I will use a little more spinach. Because it has veggies, meat and pasta this was a one dish dinner for us."

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gingbaby
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2011

"This was totally awesome! I used a gluten free pasta and did not include salt and pepper, used low sodium bacon, home grown tomato. It was totally awesome! Will take it to the next potluck. I hesitate with bacon but this was terrific! Go for it!!"

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navywife87
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2011

"Easy, lite and a little spicy PERFECT"

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Lynne415
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2011

"Great recipe. Very easy to make and it was delicious! Both my hubby and 13-yr-old son said for sure this is a keeper and to make again! I did add a few green onions to it as a personal preference and all I did for the balsamic dressing was used 2 parts EVOO to 1 part balsamic along with some minced garlic. This is a very forgiving recipe when it comes to adding more or less of an ingredient per personal taste. THANKS for sharing it!!"

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Travlnman02
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2011

"I made it fowwing recipe but did not care for taste of vinagrette. Made it a second time and used Low Calorie Italian Dressing. Taste was great and I served it cold with chicken for lunch."

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endsred
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2011

"A great recipe that can be dressed up by adding a can of drained, washed garbanzo beans and substituting arugula for the spinach....just a different twist."

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Toni51
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2011

"This sounds delicious and I can't wait to make it. Just curious if anyone used a different type of pasta? Was thinking maybe rotini."

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nickkitty
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2011

"Do you serve this cold as a side or warm?"

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Shala1943
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2011

"I haven't made this yet, perhaphs tonight. It sound so easy, however, my husband doesn't spinach, so I sub romaine and he love it. Shala"

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dawnpryor
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2011

"I make this every summer, when tomatoes are in full season. My family loves this dish. I would make it once a week if tomatoes grew in the garden all year!"

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justmbeth
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2011

"Very delicious, and yet light summer fare. I didn't realize it said "vinaigrette" (and not "vinegar") until the last minute. I scrambled to throw together a balsamic dressing and it turned out wonderful."

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LorenaIL
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2011

"i made this last night and not only was it easy and fast but it was delicious, the bacon and the balsamic vinaigrette make this dish so flavorful, i loved it."

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no frills
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

"it was simple to make and delicious!!! definitely a do over."

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paigepcanterbury
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2010

"This was a HUGE hit at our house. Our three and five year olds clean their plates and begged for more. Biggest problem? I didn't make enough for thirds!"

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dianeve
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2010

"Wow. This was so good. I can"t wait to have it again."

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Liv Galles
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2010

"This a great and easy recipe. We loved it!"

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annamariatu
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2010

"This is truly great! I read all the reviews and decided to try it even though my husband does not like spinach. Even he thought it was wonderful!"

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Swhartman
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2010

"Very simple to make and tastes great! I will definitely make this again."

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jgrams3@sbcglobal.net
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2010

"My son wanted to try this I wasn't to keen on it, but after making it I found it makes a great side dish and even better the next day"

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trixiejo302
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2010

"This was absolutely AMAZING! My whole family loved it. Easy to prepare and VERY easy to eat. Will definitely add this to my "go-to-dinner" arsenal."

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KarenWachter
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2010

"This is very good. My husband, who groans when I try a new recipe, loved it!"

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Seminoles
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2010

"A perfect summer recipe. Great flavor, and the spinach and tomatoes add such nice color that it makes a nice presentation."

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emsuydam
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2010

"I've tried a lot of recipes from Simple & Delicious - all of them wonderful - but this one takes the cake! Simply amazing. Five stars isn't enough for this one!"

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Jill Kelley
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2010

"My family loved this recipe! Sooo good. I added a can of crushed tomatoes and more pasta! Definitely going in the family favorites list."

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pammywammy
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2010

"This is absolutely wonderful! I used the sun dried tomato vinaigrette. My son absolutely loved it and we ate practically the whole recipe by ourselves."

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