A recipe is merely words on paper; a guideline, a starting point from which to improvise. It cannot pretend to replace the practiced hand and telling glance of a watchful cook. For that reason feel free to stir your own ideas into this dish. When you cook it once, it becomes yours, so personalize it a bit. Add more of an ingredient you like or less of something you don’t like. Try substituting one ingredient for another. Remember words have no flavour, you have to add your own!
1. Brown bacon in a large saucepan. Add onion and sauté until they soften and begin to caramelize, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and continue to sauté for a few more minutes. Pour in tomatoes and a splash of water. Add rosemary and season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 1 hour.
2. Bring a large pot of water over high heat and bring to a boil. Add a liberal amount of salt and when it comes back to a rolling boil, add pasta. It is done when just tender to the bite. Drain the pasta, but do not rinse.
3. Add pasta to the finished sauce, adjust seasoning, toss and serve.