Smokey Tomato and Bacon Spread

I have made many variations of this over the years, only not with pasta sauce before. This recipe has evolved from a recipe I found on AR for tomato gravy. I have discovered that using the pasta sauce as the base instead of using tomato sauce and canned tomatoes makes this much less time consuming too.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
12 servings


  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon

  • 1 (24 ounce) jar tomato and basil pasta sauce (such as Classico®)

  • 1 lemon, juiced


  1. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on paper towels and crumble.

  2. Combine pasta sauce and lemon juice together in a saucepan over medium-low heat; simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce is reduced by half, about 45 minutes. Stir bacon into reduced tomato sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

41 Calories
2g Fat
6g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 41
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 235mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 10mg 50%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 31mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.