Creamy Tomato Bacon Pasta with Mascarpone

Creamy Tomato Bacon Pasta with Mascarpone is tiny shells of pasta that are bathed in a smooth, creamy mascarpone tomato sauce and  the slightest hint of bacon. It’s wonderfully comforting, and super delicious!
Creamy Tomato Bacon Pasta with Mascarpone

I have a confession to make. I have a mad passion for grocery stores. I especially love finding new ones that I’ve never shopped at before so I can peruse the aisles, and ponder all the possibilities.

Creamy Tomato Bacon Pasta with Mascarpone

That’s why when a huge new Italian market opened not far from where I live my heart started beating fast as I walked in the doors. With no list in hand I let my imagination guide me through the rows and rows of wonderfully authentic Italian ingredients and let my nose guide me through the deliciously prepared baked goods in the bakery department.

To say I was in heaven is an understatement.
Creamy Tomato Bacon Pasta with Mascarpone

What I wound up with was an odd and random assortment of incredible goodies that I happily pulled off the shelves and stuck in my cart, all the while my mind whirling with ideas and inspiration.

Creamy Tomato Bacon Pasta with Mascarpone

The result of that shopping trip is this Tomato and Bacon Pasta with Mascarpone which is topped with  a light drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, some freshly grated Parmesan cheese and a sprig of fresh basil that no doubt helps push the applause meter over the top on this creamy pasta dish.

Serves:  6-8        Prep and Cook Time:  20 minutes

1 medium red onion, finely minced
3 slices bacon, finely minced
1 teaspoon anchovy paste
2 cloves garlic minced
2 cans (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
½ cup mascarpone cheese
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ pound tiny pasta shapes (I used baby shells), cooked according to package directions, and drained.
Extra virgin olive oil to drizzle
Freshley grated Parmesan cheese to top
Fresh basil leaves to garnish

-White the pasta is cooking brown the bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, anchovy paste and garlic. Cook until the onion is softened (approximately 2-3 minutes), stirring occasionally.

-Drain the pasta and cover to keep warm.

-Stir the tomatoes, mascarpone, vinegar, salt and pepper into the skillet to combine. Add the sauce into the drained pasta and stir to incorporate all the ingredients.

-Spoon the pasta into bowls, top with a light drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, a sprinkling of freshly grated Parmesan cheese and a sprig or two of fresh basil leaves.

Creamy Tomato Bacon Pasta with Mascarpone
Creamy Tomato Bacon Pasta with Mascarpone

Guess what else I like to do (besides cooking and baking that is)? Paint! But if you’ve been here before, you already know that. It is with my extreme pleasure that I now get to introduce you to a brand new product line I’m offering in my brand new Etsy shop.  They’re custom painted aprons, and if you’re a food blogger they are the perfect item to wear while your working on your recipes, and all the while advertising your brand at the same time.

Here’s one I’ve painted for one of my favorite bloggers. Maybe you’ll recognize it. I’d love to paint one for you too. If you’re interested, please contact me, or visit my shop on Etsy for more details.

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 Kudos Kitchen by Renee ~ Where, food, art, and fun collide on a regular basis!
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  1. I love exploring new grocery stores, too, and would love to have a good Italian market nearby. This pasta is the perfect ode to all-things-Italian!

  2. LOVE the look of this pasta and I totally want your Italian market. Thank you so much for the apron. It looks like it came out sooooooo nice!

  3. Now this is comfort food!! Love the apron too!

  4. great idea…I always think mascarpone is only for dessert

  5. I love mascarpone and have some in the fridge calling my name! Love the pretty apron too!

  6. This looks amazing! Love the apron too, you are so talented!

  7. Wait you mean randomly exploring groceries stores isn't normal? 🙂 This pasta sounds delicious and a great find in your new store.

  8. Exploring new markets is an adventure in itself. So much to see and taste. You did well with this pasta. Anchovy paste ads such richness to pasta sauce.

  9. This is totally the kind of recipe my husband would love…any excuse to eat mascarpone cheese!

  10. How fun to explore new grocery stores (Italian ones are a favorite of mine! How wonderful you were inspired with this fun pasta idea. I've been following all your apron creations the last couple weeks and am smitten! Great job, Renee!

  11. I love exploring new Grocery stores too, It's so much fun, and this recipe you came up with looks wonderful!

  12. I'm right there with you: I love grocery stores too! Lots of women crave shoe sales. I crave grocery sales. Don't let me near the REDUCED FOR QUICK SALE baskets! lol

  13. I really love what you ended up making! I could eat pasta any day of the week!

  14. Oh, I'm the same way. I can spend hours getting lost in the aisles of a good, interesting market! This dish sounds lovely…creamy and tomatoey…mmmm!

  15. You had me at bacon, and pasta and mascarpone! Oh and tomatoes!

    Also that apron is SO cool! Amazing job!

  16. I've never had a mascarpone tomato sauce! I bet it's amazing! Also, I'm in LOVE with those aprons that you've been working on!