Very simple and tasty. The addition of bacon adds a ton of flavor to a basic meat sauce.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over low heat. Cook the bacon in the oil until it just begins to crisp. Stir in the onion. Cook and stir until bacon is crisp and onion is soft. Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Remove the bacon mixture from the pan and reserve.

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  • Brown the ground beef in the saucepan; drain. Stir the bacon mixture, crushed tomatoes, and tomato sauce into the beef. Season with salt to taste. Simmer over low heat while pasta is cooking.

  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Stir in the shell pasta, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta until cooked through but still firm to the bite, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain.

  • Toss hot pasta with bacon and beef sauce to serve.

Nutrition Facts

539 calories; protein 26.6g 53% DV; carbohydrates 73.2g 24% DV; fat 16.7g 26% DV; cholesterol 45mg 15% DV; sodium 656mg 26% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (12)

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Rating: 4 stars
08/16/2010
This was a good hearty meal. The sauce is four stars as written. After tasting it I added freshly ground black pepper and fresh parsley oregano and basil. Though the directions don't say to I drained most of the grease from the bacon mixture before adding it back into the sauce. I served this with a green salad and Mushroom and Cheddar Batter Bread by Cat Lady Cyndi. Thanks for a tasty recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/18/2010
MADE AS PER RECIPE WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ADDING MUSHROOMS... VERY BLAND AS WRITTEN.. ADDED MORE SPICES.. FOR ME 1# OF PASTA IS MORE THAN ENOUGH.. MINE WAS DRYING OUT AND I HAD TO ADD ANOTHER CAN OF TOMATOES TO IT.. OH AND PLAN TO FEED LOTS OF PEOPLE IT MAKES A POT BIG ENOUGH FOR THE SALVATION ARMY.. THANKS FOR LETTING ME TRY YOUR RECIPE.. OTHERS MAY HAVE BETTER LUCK.. SO PLEASE TRY IT YOURSELF... Read More
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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
08/16/2010
This was a good hearty meal. The sauce is four stars as written. After tasting it I added freshly ground black pepper and fresh parsley oregano and basil. Though the directions don't say to I drained most of the grease from the bacon mixture before adding it back into the sauce. I served this with a green salad and Mushroom and Cheddar Batter Bread by Cat Lady Cyndi. Thanks for a tasty recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/05/2010
Thanx to Pam's blog I decided to try this recipe and I must say I'm glad I did! I really liked the sauce it was full of pure flavors the tomatoes the beef the bacon... I gave this recipe 4 stars because it needs a little kick something to spice it up a bit. But definitely added to the recipebook and will make again! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/18/2010
MADE AS PER RECIPE WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ADDING MUSHROOMS... VERY BLAND AS WRITTEN.. ADDED MORE SPICES.. FOR ME 1# OF PASTA IS MORE THAN ENOUGH.. MINE WAS DRYING OUT AND I HAD TO ADD ANOTHER CAN OF TOMATOES TO IT.. OH AND PLAN TO FEED LOTS OF PEOPLE IT MAKES A POT BIG ENOUGH FOR THE SALVATION ARMY.. THANKS FOR LETTING ME TRY YOUR RECIPE.. OTHERS MAY HAVE BETTER LUCK.. SO PLEASE TRY IT YOURSELF... Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/30/2011
Quite plain but the family enjoyed it. Kids love pasta. Added an extra tin of tomatoes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2013
Alright I changed this quite a bit but I still used the same ingredients. I browned the beef and then threw everything into the slow cooker on low for four hours (I'm a huge fan of my slow cooker so I use it whenever possible). I added a good dash of Worcester sauce (love the stuff) about 1/4 cup of some leftover BBQ sauce (it NEEDED to be used somewhere) a dash of red pepper flakes a can of Hunt's diced spicy red peppers in place of the tomato sauce (didn't have any) omitted the salt and used rotini because I was out of shells. I only had Hormel real bacon pieces on hand so I added those to the slow cooker in the final 10 minutes of cooking. When the pasta was cooked I drained and rinsed it under cold water before I added it to the meat mixture in the slow cooker. The end result was fabulous; a hint of sweet from the BBQ sauce and a bit of heat from the red pepper flakes and tomatoes. Thanks Alle (sorry for all the modifications!) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/19/2016
Being big bacon fans I knew I had to try this out on the family. I used sausage instead of ground beef just 28oz crushed tomatoes (no tomato sauce) and added a teaspoon each of parsley and Italian seasoning. Otherwise followed the recipe. Teenagers devoured it. Next time I think I'll add more bacon 'cause can you really ever have too much?? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2014
Cooked as the recipe says. When I mixed the pasta together I used less noodles than called for. Turned out great. Liked the sauce! Thanks for the recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2017
This was a great easy dish to make. Made some small modifications. My husband and I like spicy. We cooked the ground beef with red pepper flakes used 6 garlic cloves (fresh not minced) replaced shell noodles with mostaccioli noodles and topped it off with shredded parmesean cheese. It was fantastic! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/23/2011
I added some paprika a bit of cider vinegar and a roux sauce before i added my shells. It is a VERY good "football sunday" meal!!!! I am going to make some jalapeno cornbread to go with it too! Read More