Pasta With Tomatoes, Smoked Bacon, and Arugula





  • For sauce:
  • Place diced tomatoes in a larger strainer set over large bowl.
  • Let stand 15 minutes.
  • Reserve juice.
  • Drizzle rimmed baking sheet with 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  • Spread tomatoes in a single layer on baking sheet.
  • Sprinklewith salt and pepper.
  • Roast at 425 degrees until tomatoes are slightly caramelized, stirring evry 10 minutes, about 45 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, bring reserved tomato juice and 1 cup crushed tomatoes to boil in heavy medium saucepan.
  • Reduce heat to medium and simmer until reduced to 1-1/2 cups, about15 minutes.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in large pot over medium heat.
  • Add onion and saute until browned, about 12 minutes.
  • Stir in reduced tomatoes and roasted tomatoes.
  • (Sauce can be made 3 days ahead.).
  • Cook bacon in heavy large skillet until crisp.
  • Transfer to paper towels to drain.
  • Pour off drippings from skillet.
  • Heat remaining 3 tablespoons oil in same skillet over medium heat.
  • Add garlic and red pepper and stir 1 minute.
  • Add tomato sauce and chicken broth and simmer 10 minutes to develop flavor.
  • Stir in bacon.
  • Add cooked pasta to sauce and the 1 cup Parmesan cheese and arugula.
  • Toss until arugula wilts.