Pasta with Pancetta & Tomato Sauce

This delicious pasta is easy to make and perfect for a weeknight meal. The sauce is made from sautéed onions, crispy pancetta, garlic, and tomatoes. Topped with parmesan and herbs, this dish is versatile (it works with any pasta type), hearty, and perfect for a night when you want to eat a real meal but don't have hours to cook. 

Pasta Alla Mosca - a quick, delicious weeknight meal from This Healthy Table #pasta #dinner #tomatoes

I've mentioned before that I moved back to the US last year after living in the Middle East for most of the last two decades. We moved to a northern suburb of Chicago called Evanston. It's gorgeous - it's right on Lake Michigan, has lots of old trees and stately houses, and is home to the sprawling Northwestern campus (where I happen to work). 

Years ago in Doha, I worked with a life coach who had me make a vision board - it's basically a poster where you set a bunch of visual intentions. So, on mine I included, amongst other things, a picture of hands throwing a pot on a pottery wheel. In college, I took a pottery course and fell deeply in love with it, to the detriment of my other classes! After college, I moved to Amman, Jordan to study Arabic and I started working at a pottery studio. But, when I moved back to Qatar, I didn't have that outlet. So, I set the intention that pottery would be part of my life again. 

When we moved to Evanston, I was delighted to see that there was a pottery studio that offered classes. I begged my husband to take classes with me. He reluctantly agreed and I was over the moon, but also so nervous to begin again. It's been a full year now and 5 classes later we are still going strong and taking weekly classes. Joseph has become an amazing potter and it's a creative outlet we both adore. We talk about pottery, watch youtube videos about pottery, and stand in the ceramics aisle at art stores and talk about what tools we need. I can't recommend enough finding a creative hobby - pottery and this blog really make my heart sing.  

This story does actually have a point! Dominic Mosca, who owns The Pot Shop and teaches our class and is also truly hilarious, gave me the idea for this pasta. He created the recipe and has shared it with enough family members that they've begun calling it Pasta Alla Mosca. I said this the other day and I truly meant it, I love a lot of things about Evanston, but The Pot Shop has made it feel like home.

Pasta Alla Mosca - a quick, delicious weeknight meal from This Healthy Table
Pasta Alla Mosca - a quick, delicious weeknight meal from This Healthy Table #pasta #dinner #tomatoes

So, I hope you enjoy this delicious recipe because there's a lot of love in it (and not just because of the starchy pasta goodness).  Let me know if you make it, you can tag me on Instagram or Facebook!

Yield: 6 servings

Pasta with Pancetta and Tomato Sauce

This delicious pasta recipe has a rich pancetta tomato sauce.

prep time: 10 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 30 mins


  • 12 ounces pasta (I used Strozzapreti)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 pound pancetta, diced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can plum tomatoes

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • pinch of salt

  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
  • Italian parsley or basil, to garnish


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Then add the garlic and onion and cook for 5 minutes, or until the onion is translucent.
  3. Add the pancetta to the onions and let cook until the pancetta is crispy (about 6 minutes), stirring often.
  4. Then add the tomatoes to the mixture and use a wooden spoon or potato masher to smash the tomatoes.
  5. Let the tomato mixture simmer for 8 minutes, then add the cooked pasta to the sauce and stir to combine.
  6. Top with parmesan and herbs before serving.



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