Pasta Amatriciana

Pasta Amatriciana made with pancetta, tomatoes, Romano cheese, crushed peppers and onions. It will be a family favorite! 

Ryan and I have been fortunate enough to go to Italy twice in our lives. The trips were a dream. During those two trips we visited Rome, Venice, Florence, the Amalfi Coast, Milan, Lake Como and Siena. The country, the sights and the people were wonderful. The food and wine were fantastic. I still find myself thinking about some of the meals we had there. And it has been almost a decade since we visited. I consider the meal that I had at Il Buco Ristorante in Sorrento to be among one of the best meals I have ever had. Ever. 

Pasta Amatriciana made with pancetta, tomatoes, Romano cheese, crushed peppers and onions. It will be a family favorite!  #amatriciana #pasta

Whether we were eating stuffed zucchini blossoms, linguine aglio olio or gelato, everything was unbelievably delicious. My favorite meals were always the ones that were simple. Meals that tasted like home cooking. Pasta Amatriciana is a perfect example of that.

What is pasta all’amatriciana?

Pasta Amatriciana made with pancetta, tomatoes, Romano cheese, crushed peppers and onions. It will be a family favorite! 

Pasta all’amatriciana is a traditional Italian dish with guanciale, tomatoes, olive oil and romano cheese. Guanciale is an Italian cured meat and, unfortunately, is not readily found here in the US. Pancetta is a great substitute and a lot easier to find. Pancetta is basically Italian bacon, but unlike American bacon it is not smoked.  If you cannot find pancetta use thick cut unsmoked bacon.

Pasta Amatriciana an Italian classic! 

Another traditional aspect of Pasta Amatriciana is the pasta. Bucatini pasta is traditional. Bucatini pasta is a thick spaghetti like pasta with a hole in the middle. I like it because it’s thicker and has more of a bite to it. In recent years I have seen bucatini pasta available at my grocery store. If you cannot find it, you can substitute spaghetti or linguine.

Pasta Amatriciana made with pancetta, tomatoes, Romano cheese, crushed peppers and onions. It will be a family favorite! 

Originally published in 2009. Republished with updated photos in 2018. 

Pasta Amatriciana made with pancetta, tomatoes, Romano cheese, crushed peppers and onions. It will be a family favorite!  #pasta #Italian #amatriciana

Pasta Amatriciana Recipe

Serves 6 Prep Time: Cook Time:
5(1)

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound pasta such as spaghetti, buccatini, or linguine
  • 1/3 pound pancetta or thick cut bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated pecorino romano cheese

Instructions

1

Start the water for your pasta. Cook according to box directions.

2

Meanwhile, brown pancetta in a large skillet over medium heat, 5-7 minutes. Drain on paper towels, reserve pan drippings.

3

In the same skillet add the onion and crushed red pepper. Cook until soft, about 3-5 minutes.

4

Add diced tomatoes, and salt and pepper. Cook 15 minutes, sauce will reduce slightly. (Note: Pancetta can be salty so taste your sauce before you start adding salt.)

5

Return pancetta to pan, toss in pasta. Add pecorino romano cheese, toss pasta once more. Serve.

Notes

Enjoy!

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  • Reply
    Allyson Zea
    May 3, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Oh i can’t wait to try this pasta – YUM!

  • Reply
    Abeer
    May 3, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Love a good Amatriciana! This pasta looks incredible!

  • Reply
    Jen
    May 3, 2018 at 5:37 am

    Pasta dishes always go over well in my house! Can’t wait to try this one!

  • Reply
    Sabrina
    May 3, 2018 at 5:36 am

    This looks fantastic! I am definitely a pancetta fan so the addtion of this makes my heart happy!

  • Reply
    Dee
    May 2, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    I love how simple this is — definitely going on our menu!

  • Reply
    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious
    May 2, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    My weakness is a delicious bowl of pasta. This looks like the real deal! Soooo good.

  • Reply
    Amanda
    May 2, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    This looks absolutely amazing! Perfect for the family!

  • Reply
    Massimo
    November 18, 2010 at 7:51 am

    My version, coming from Rome:

    – the recipe actually calls for bucatini
    – no white wine, which has no obvious business here;
    – replace onion with four-five cloves of garlic;
    – replace truckload of tomatoes with one big fresh tomato, peeled and seeded
    (to peel, put in boiling water 50 seconds – to seed cut in the middle and crush it in your hand)
    Do try it…
    Serve it with an Italian Frascati white, for instance, a wine of the region, not a Pinot Grigio (from NE Italy…).

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    oneka
    October 4, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    i love this recipe…

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    carolyn
    January 27, 2010 at 9:14 am

    My family and I lived for several years, in Rome, where my husband worked. I tried spaghetti all’amatriciana at a restaurant there, and fell in love with it. I’ve been looking for a recipe for it ever since. Last night I tried yours, and it was delicious!! I had to use thick-cut American style bacon, but it still worked just fine, and it was a huge hit at our dinner table. I added chopped Italian parsley on top just before serving, and I heated up some crusty bread to sop up the extra juice. Mmmmmmmm!!!

  • Reply
    Deseree
    April 23, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Thanks Tim!
    You’re welcome Barr! :)
    I hope you enjoy it Debbie!

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    Debbie
    April 22, 2009 at 5:38 am

    Looks wonderful. I love all things pasta!! I will have to try this sometime….

  • Reply
    Barr
    April 22, 2009 at 4:12 am

    Aw Des, this sounds awesome! I’m a huge Giada fan, for more than one reason ;) but I didnt catch this particular show. Thanks for laying it out for us!

    B

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    Tim
    April 22, 2009 at 4:10 am

    Pasta All’Amatriciana is one of my favourites, especially for a quick meal on a weeknight. Yours looks great, by the way!