Traditional Italian Pasta Sauce - All'amatriciana
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The Italian pasta sauce all'amatriciana is one of those pasta dishes you'll get asked to make again and again. Since it's easy to make you won't mind.
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 4 Ounces Pancetta (chopped)
  • 1 Medium Onion (diced)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic (minced)
  • ½ Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 28 Ounces Pureed Tomatoes
  • 1 Pound Bucatini Pasta (or you could use penne)
  • Parmesan Cheese (grated)
  • Fresh Parsley (chopped)
  1. Add olive oil to large pan and heat over medium high heat. Once hot, add Pancetta to pan.
  2. Cook pancetta just until it browns slightly then pour off all but 2 tablespoons of fat.
  3. Return the pan to the cook top, reduce the heat to medium, and add the onions, garlic, and red pepper flakes.
  4. Cook, and occasionally stir, until onions are translucent, and add a pinch of kosher salt.
  5. Turn the water on to bring it to a boil for the pasta. Add the pasta when the water begins to boil and cook for 1 minute less than the package directions say, reserve some of the pasta water (in case you need to thin the sauce), then drain the pasta.
  6. Add red wine vinegar to the pan and scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Cook until the vinegar has cooked away then add the tomato paste.
  7. Stir in the tomato paste and cook until it has turned from red to brown (stir occasionally to keep it from burning).
  8. Pour in the pureed tomatoes and give everything a good stir and gently scrape the bottom of the pan to pick up any browned bits.
  9. Cook the pasta sauce until it has thickened to where you can drag a spoon through it and the line stays for several seconds.
  10. Stir the cooked pasta into the pasta sauce.
  11. Serve topped with grated Parmesan and chopped parsley.
If you don't have pureed tomatoes on hand you can simply puree your diced or whole canned tomatoes in your food processor until they are well pureed.
Recipe by My Man's Belly at