You will need some honey-cured bacon strips (as many as you want!). Chop it up into tiny pieces. EVOO, some chopped onions, garlic and some grated carrots. You will also need a can of crushed tomatoes, dried thyme, chili flakes and some S&P to season.
Let's start cooking!
Heat some oil in a pan and fry bacon pieces until your desired doneness. Set aside. You can leave the bacon fat or you can chuck it. I chucked most of it. I only retained just enough fat to coat the pan. Add some EVOO and saute the onions and garlic until fragrant. Add the shredded carrots. (This is one sneaky way to make the kids eat veggies). Cook for about a minute or two. Add the tomatoes. You can season with a little sugar if the tomatoes are too sour. Just be sure to taste every now and then. You want the perfect balance of sweet (bacon), salty, sour and spicy. Bring to a boil then simmer until the tomatoes get very limp. Just boil if you want a chunky sauce. Add the bacon, thyme and chili flakes. Season with salt and pepper.
I used thin spaghetti for this dish. Words cannot describe how wonderful this dish was. MB and I almost finished everything! We stopped only because dessert was also great which I will share with you in a bit.
You can serve this to kids as long as you omit the chili flakes and make the sauce a bit sweeter. Try this, you won't regret it!