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Spaghetti with Bacon

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.


4 servings

As children, we always requested this dish for our birthday dinners. Our mother got the recipe from her grandmother. Now I pass on our tasty tradition. —Ruth Keogh, North St. Paul, Minnesota
Spaghetti with Bacon Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 1/2 pound bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook spaghetti according to package directions for al dente.
  2. In a large skillet, cook bacon and onion over medium heat until bacon is crisp, stirring occasionally; drain. Stir in tomatoes and tomato sauce; bring to a boil.
  3. Drain spaghetti; transfer to a greased 11x7-in. baking dish. Spread sauce over top. Bake, covered, 40-45 minutes or until bubbly.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 159 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 498mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • Jennifer
    Sep 1, 2020

    My Great Grandmother had a recipe just like this that has been passed down. We do not bake ours, we do whole package of bacon 1/2 an onion and a large can of diced tomato. This is my favorite meal.

  • Dora
    Apr 3, 2020

    I didn’t bake and I also added 3 bay leaves. The best spaghetti with bacon Ive ever cooked. Thank you for sharing

  • Squidgy50
    Mar 30, 2020

    My mom used to make this and I did too. My boys loved it. Ours was a little different. We used just bacon grease and didn’t add bacon to the dish. Now you have me craving it! :)

  • Medic 716
    Nov 15, 2019

    Oh goodness this was good. I was afraid it was going to be to bland and added some oregano and parsley to it which matched well. A keeper for sure.

  • Margaret
    Jun 2, 2019

    We have been making bacon spaghetti for as long as I can remember; also got the recipe from my grandmother who was born in 1902 and now it is comfort food for my own daughter. The difference is that we include diced green pepper with the bacon and onion and we do not bake it. SO awesome and everyone I have given the recipe to insists it is the best thing they have had. My mom cooks the bacon crispy, i prefer it to just cooked.

  • Karen
    Jun 1, 2019

    We grew up with something similar from my grandmother. Only more bacon, and cheddar cheese, layering the spaghetti, sauce and cheese until used up cheese on top and dotted with butter. It’s amazing. Now days I use canned tomatoes with green peppers and spices right in the can. I only make it every few years. But I love it. Even better on following days.

  • jkscottusa
    Mar 5, 2018

    We make something similar that I learned from my FIL. 1 lb. spaghetti 1 lb. bacon fried, I small can tomato paste and 1 15oz. can tomatoes and chillis. A chopped jalapeno if you like it spicier. Sugar, salt and pepper. no onion in this version. Sweeten to taste. You can bake if you like but I just make it stove top.

  • chicagokathy
    Jan 17, 2018

    Mary grandma felt the same way. Because of the Depression she made her spaghetti with bacon, pasta, onions and tomato soup (no spices whatsoever). I still love it. Being married to an Italian added their version to my recipe box but this oldie is still my favorite. It's simple and fast.

  • Mary Bonnie
    Nov 27, 2017

    I never knew Spaghetti was made with anything else. I think I was about 12 when I had dinner at a friends house. Noodles and sauce with sausage. I asked what it was, and they said spaghetti. I asked where the bacon was. My parents were from the depression and bacon was cheap. I like it best the next day. Not baked but mixed with the noodles and served. Memories

  • 1Goodfoodlover
    Aug 17, 2017

    My family liked this a lot! I almost didn't try it . I did it stovetop without baking. Otherwise I followed the recipe.This is a keeper. It didn't need any other ingredients.