This came from a Paula Deen cookbook my stepson and his wife gave me for Christmas. It is creamy and good and easy–hard combination to beat! I’ve been watching the Lidia Italian cooking shows on our PBS station and she almost always adds a bit of pasta water to a sauce, saying the starch in the water helps thicken the sauce I think. I did that here. The other thing I see her do is to not drain the pasta in a colander but instead lift the pasta out and add it to the sauce in the pan, which I also did here.
This comes together easily. You just cook the bacon and remove it (and drain off some of the grease), cook some diced onion, then add a can of tomatoes and the bacon and simmer for a bit while you cook the pasta. Stir in the cream cheese and then the pasta. That’s it. If you wanted to be more Italian you could use pancetta of course, instead of bacon.
This spider strainer is great for lifting out the pasta.