Chilli, Bacon & Chickpea Pasta – a Signature Dish

Pasta, frugal, staples

I was recently invited by Sainsbury’s to share my Signature Dish as they are running a Kitchen Heroes competition where “by Sainsburys” staples come to the rescue. I am the world’s worst meal planner and although I can see 2 or 3 days ahead after that I just tend to wing it; thats when I fall back on recipes which rely on staples from my cupboards and a few fresh ingredients that I always seem to have lurking in the fridge. With this in mind I knew that it was time to showcase my Chilli, Bacon and Chickpea Pasta which I regularly make so you could say it was one of my signature dishes (does anyone just have one)? Everyone loves this dish in my house and over the years my daughter has learned to embrace the chilli flavour which when she was a lot smaller she used to complain about and leave it to go cold before she would eat it. I did hear once that if you eat something 20 times you will like it so persevere mums out there!

Sainsbury's Staples

My “by Sainsbury’s” kitchen heroes to which I added a few storecupboard seasonings!

As this dish is made with inexpensive staples I am entering it into Credit Crunch Munch which is run my myself and Helen at Fuss Free Flavours and being hosted by Janice at Farmersgirl Kitchen this month. I am also entering this dish into Herbs on Saturday which is run by Karen at Lavender & Lovage and hosted this month by Anneli at Delicioux.

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Chilli, Bacon & Chickpea Pasta
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A really satisfying midweek pasta dish that you can rustle up quickly from store cupboard ingredients using bacon, tinned tomatoes and chickpeas etc.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
  • 1 tbsp Light olive oil
  • 1 Large onion, finely sliced
  • 1 Celery stick, finely diced
  • 1 Carrot, finely diced
  • 1 Clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp Hot chilli powder
  • 4 Rashers back bacon, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Tomato puree
  • 1 tsp Dried basil
  • 1 x 400g Tin Italian Plum Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 x 400g Tin Chickpeas
  • 140 mls/ ¼ pt Water
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 350g/14 oz Penne
  1. In a large wok sized pan sweat the onions, celery, carrot and garlic for about 10 minutes (under a lid) stirring at intervals until softened not browned.
  2. Add chilli powder and bacon and fry until cooked (5 - 6 mins) stirring frequently until bacon cooked.
  3. Add tomato puree, tomatoes, chickpeas, basil, seasoning and water.
  4. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile cook the penne according to the instructions.
  6. Once cooked pour the penne into the sauce and mix well.
  7. Serve with some grated parmesan or cheddar and a salad.

NB: I received a Sainsbury’s voucher for my ingredients and sharing my recipe.

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  1. Martina Evans

    Fab recipe, can’t wait to try it!

  2. Paul Wilson

    Looks very hearty now the weather is getting colder.

  3. Vincent Porter

    I’ve just started uni and this is going to be one of the 1st recipes I will have a crack at. Looks yummy!

  4. Life Loving

    Great recipe. I’m always looking for relatively quick and easy recipes for a weekday dinner and this ticks all the boxes.

    Sally @ Life Loving

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Sally, I can’t tell you how often we’ve had this and variations of it:-)

  5. Paul Wilson

    Looks comforting.

  6. Ursula Hunt

    We have your signature dish all the time too Camilla

    1. Camilla

      Glad to hear that Ursula:-)

  7. Ursula Hunt

    This is a good signature dish to have

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Ursula, we have it all the time:-)

  8. Jane Middleton

    Looks delicious and simple and quick to make so certainly a very useful recipe, thanks.

  9. Paul Wilson

    Would make a great mid-week supper.

  10. Abigail Cullen

    This recipe looks really appetising, all the ingredients in this meal I love and will go down as a treat.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, it’s my go to dish:-)

  11. Maddy

    OOH, am looking forward to trying this out!

    1. Camilla

      A staple here:-)

  12. Elizabeth

    This looks like total comfort food. Yum!

  13. Paul Wilson

    Super tasty – I just fancy some right now.

  14. bev

    Looks fab

  15. Angie Hoggett

    lovely pasta recipe thanks for the post

  16. Carolyn Clapham

    I made it for dinner, and it was delicious.
    I wouldn’t have thought of putting chickpeas in a pasta dish, but it works so well. We’ll definitely be having this again.

  17. Carolyn Clapham

    I’ve done a quick check, and have everything I need to make this, so I’ll give it a go tonight. It sounds lovely 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Hope you enjoyed it:-)

  18. Felicity Kelly

    I love chickpeas but don’t use them enough!!think I will try this!

  19. Stephanie Coals

    Quick, easy, cheap and delicious 🙂 what else could you want from such a receipe!

  20. Audrey Tebbs

    This is a great recipe for using up store cupboard foods such as chickpeas

  21. Ursula Hunt

    Love pasta with a chilli kick, it gives it much more body

  22. Paul Wilson

    Does look delicious.

  23. Tracy Nixon

    Shared on Twitter thank you!

  24. KMayers

    I’ll be trying this for sure. I can see why it’s your Signature Dish, it look & sounds delicious. The only change I’d have to make though is to take out the chickpeas as I can’t abide them sadly.

    1. Camilla

      That’s fine, I make it without too:-)

  25. Helen Allan

    Always looking for recipes that won’t bust the budget and this will do the job nicely. Thank you.

    1. Camilla


  26. Amelia Kennedy

    Love chilli, but have never thought to put chickpeas in. Must try this as … x

  27. Ursula Hunt

    The Chilli gave this dish a nice kick

  28. Maya Russell

    A healthy dish. I think my kids would like chickpeas. I’ll put it to the test! Thanks for the recipe.

  29. Lisa Williams

    I love putting chick peas in with pasta dishes they are so hearty and versatile 🙂

  30. Paul Wilson

    Looks like just the ticket now it’s getting colder.

  31. Heather Haigh

    Perfect for this autumnal weather, as well as being quick and inexpensive.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, its just one of those go to dishes as everything is normally to hand:-)

      1. Heather Haigh

        Had this for supper last night – was just as nice as I hoped – real comfort food made nice and easily.

        1. Camilla

          Thank you, that’s so nice to hear;-)

  32. Ursula Hunt

    Great recipe, past dishes are always a favourite in our family 🙂

  33. Maya Russell

    This is such a good recipe. I love chickpeas too.

  34. Samantha Fernley

    Chickpeas are always in my cupboard, I adore them. This is a great quick recipe that my family would enjoy.

  35. Jacqueline @How to be a Gourmand

    Your meal planning sounds a bit like mine 🙂 As well as being great on the household budget, these store cupboard ingredients are just so convenient. I have days when I just don’t feel like spending too much time preparing and I happily fall back on the regular staples in the cupboard. Sounds like a tasty dish!

    1. Camilla

      Oh good Jacqueline, I’m glad I’m not the only one. Storecupboards are great for inspiration. Thank you:-)

  36. Janice

    That looks like a great store cupboard recipe and perfect for Credit Crunch Munch

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Janice, it’s one of my regular fall backs:-)

  37. Angela Darroch

    What a perfect credit crunch meal. I’ve always got these ingredients in the house – just never thought to combine them with pasta.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Angela, there’s always a meal hidden in those cupboards LOL!

  38. Anneli (Delicieux)

    This looks like a hearty family dish. It’s great to have a recipe like this one you can always fall back on with mostly store cupboard ingredients. I love the use of dried herbs which sometimes just make life so much easier. Thanks for entering Herbs On Saturday this month. x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Anneli and yes dried herbs are great as my fresh ones are often depleted:-)

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