30 minutes | Serves 4
Bucatini all’amatriciana is a traditional Roman pasta dish. It’s delicious because it combines the bold flavors of panchetta and pecorino cheese while the red pepper flakes add heat. This sauce is incredibly flavorful yet easy enough to be made when pressed for time or in a low maintenance mood.
1 onion chopped
1 tablespoon of olive oil
6 strips of chopped bacon or panchetta
1 can of diced tomatoes
1/4 tablespoon of red pepper flakes
Grated pecorino romano cheese
1 box of bucatini noodles
In a large frying pan, saute onion in oil with salt and pepper for 5 minutes. Add panchetta and cook for another 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and simmer for 15 minutes. While sauce is simmering, bring salted water to boil in a large pot. Cook pasta, reserving 1 cup of starchy pasta water for later use. Drain pasta 2 minutes before it reaches pre-specified time. Combine drained pasta, starchy water, red pepper flakes, and pecorino cheese to frying pan with tomato sauce. Add more salt, pepper, and pecorino to taste.