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Fettuccini with Doctored Store Bought Tomato Sauce

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: tomato sauce
Servings: 4 people


  • 12 ounces fettuccine pasta
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 strips smoked bacon
  • 1 yellow pepper seeded and sliced into strips
  • 1 yellow onion peeled, sliced into thin rings
  • 24 ounces jarred tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese freshly grated
  • 1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts


Cook the Pasta

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.
  • Cook the fettuccini according to the package to al dente.
  • Reserve ½ cup pasta water before draining.
  • Drain pasta and reserve.

Make the Sauce

  • While the pasta is coming to a boil, prep all the ingredients.
  • In a medium fry pan or large sauce pan, add the chopped bacon. Cook on medium heat until lightly browned, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the sliced yellow pepper and cook for 4 minutes.
  • Add the sliced onion and continue cooking until untile the onion softens and starts to turn translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the jarred sauce, stir to combine with other ingredients.
  • Add the capers and stir to combine.
  • When the pasta is done cooking, remove ½ cup of the pasta water before draining. If the sauce looks to thick, add a little of the pasta water until reaching desired consistancy.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.


  • Spoon a little sauce to the bottom of each bowl. Add some fettuccine and top with a little more sauce. Please don't over sauce the pasta.
  • Top with freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and some toasted pine nuts.
  • Serve.