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Pasta in the style of Amatrice

Bucatini all'Amatriciana

SERVES 4 — 6

Amatrice, a town in the region of Lazio, is the inspiration for this dish made with bucatini, a chunky tubular pasta. It is accompanied by a spicy tomato sauce that can be made pochi minuti, in a few minutes. Use pancetta, which is unsmoked pork belly, available in Italian food markets, or substitute Canadian or slab bacon.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons Filippo Berio extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 cup diced pancetta

1 medium white onion, peeled and diced

1/2 teaspoon of dried hot red pepper flakes

2 cloves garlic, minced

4 cups of diced fresh or canned plum tomatoes

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 pound bucatini

1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese

Directions

In a skillet, heat the olive oil, add the pancetta, and sauté until the pancetta starts to shrivel. Add the onion and continue to sauté until the onion is soft. Add the red pepper flakes and garlic and continue to sauté for several minutes. Then add the tomatoes, salt and pepper, and simmer the mixture, covered, for ten minutes. Keep the sauce warm.

In a large pot of boiling water, cook the bucatini well, placing it in a serving bowl, and toss with half the sauce. Sprinkle on cheese and serve at once, passing additional sauce on the side.

This recipe is from NELLA CUCINA by Mary Ann Esposito, published by William Morrow and Company, in 1993.

Comments

  1. Susan's avatar

    Susan

    I love love love this tv show.
    love how honest&blatantly truthful Marianne is with her guests, very refreshing.
    again as I've said before, hope you're on 1 of my flights Marianne, would love to shake your hand.

    sincerely flight attendant Susan
  2. Susan's avatar

    Susan

    episode # 2613 Buccatini all' Amartriciana

    this show with "Dr. somebody" is so funny/amusing to watch. the good Dr. is all over the place, Marianne is running all around, the Dr can't find correct knife for chopping/stirring spoon/any utensils at all. plus they never stirred the buccatini so it clumped, I am soooo happily amused. Dr whover looks absolutely exhausted. he did a great job and I'll bet he is thrilled to have been a part of this wonderful tv show. adorable Ms Marianne seems frazzled and almost like she's ready for this episode to be ov-uh. the poor Dr may be ready to quit his practice and retire forever too :) oh guy this show is funny.
    seriously I adore viewing this show ciao italia

    sincerely flight attendant Susan

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