Spaghetti all'amatriciana

    35 min

    Spaghetti all'amatriciana is a true Italian classic. The traditional recipe calls for guanciale, a sort of bacon that comes from the fat around the pig's cheek. In a pinch you can replace it with smoked pancetta or bacon.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 200g guanciale, cut into strips
    • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 1 fresh red chilli pepper, chopped
    • 500g tinned whole plum tomatoes
    • 400g spaghetti
    • 150g grated Pecorino Romano cheese

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. In a large frying pan, cook guanciale in the olive oil for 5 minutes. Add onion and chilli; cook for 10 minutes over medium heat.
    2. Roughly chop the tomatoes and add to the pan. Cook 20 minutes over medium heat, uncovered.
    3. In the meantime, cook spaghetti in plenty of salted water until "al dente", or according to the time listed on the packet.
    4. Drain pasta and add to the sauce in the pan. Stir and cook few seconds, just to mix pasta and sauce.
    5. Serve each portion with a generous sprinkle of Pecorino cheese.


    You can replace guanciale with pancetta or smoked bacon.

    Pasta tips

    A few tips to perfectly cook pasta, as Italians would do: use a large amount of water, around 1L per 100g of pasta; add the pasta only when the water is boiling, stir, then bring back to the boil, stirring from time to time. Cook 1 minute less than the time suggested on the packet; drain and reserve some of the cooking water. Add the pasta to the sauce and finish cooking, adding some of the reserved water as needed. Serve straightaway! Also, never rinse pasta, you'll lose the starch needed to keep it moist.

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    People that eat pork are very sick people. Pork is so close to eating human flesh.  -  05 Jun 2018  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Classic. I added a splash of red wine vinegar at the very end. It's an old Roman secret. Thank you for the recipe.  -  27 Jun 2017  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)