Monday, October 24, 2011

Pasta Amatriciana


Can I please share another amazing pasta recipe with you all? I promise you will thank me!
(I hate that the only picture I have of this pasta is overshadowed by a gigantic steak, but I hate not having a picture of my recipes even more, so this will have to do!)

This recipe is adapted from Giada's Everyday Italian. I saw her make this on one of the episodes where her Aunt Raffie was cooking with her. The pasta looked easy and delicious so I thought I'd give it a try. Since then I've added/taken away a couple things and let me tell you, this is sooooo melt-in-your-mouth good, you have to try it! There is so much flavor here, and it tastes even better the next day.

1 package bacon OR pancetta, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced (can use the pre-minced)
1/2 - 3/4 cup of white wine (I buy the cheap stuff. You can use whatever. Make sure it's 'drinking' wine and not 'cooking wine.' You'll have to buy it in the alcohol aisle.)
1/2 T. red pepper flake
1 box spaghetti noodles, cooked
1 large can crushed tomatoes (CENTO or SAN MARZANO tomatoes make the best sauce)
3/4 cup shredded Parmesan or Pecorino cheese
salt and pepper

Another reason I love this recipe is that usually I have every single thing on hand, minus the bacon and wine. So if I want to make it, I just have to pick up 2 ingredients. Easy peasy.

So first, you'll want to chop that package of bacon into itty bitty pieces. And cook it in a large skillet or sauce pan (large enough to contain the rest of your sauce that you'll be making.) Careful not to burn it.

Then, using a slotted spoon, remove the bacon from your skillet, leaving the grease behind.

Add your chopped onion and cook it in the bacon grease for 5-6 minutes or until tender/translucent. Sprinkle with salt. (If you didn't end up with enough bacon grease, you can add olive oil to it.)

Add your garlic and red pepper flake, saute another 3-4 minutes. Sprinkle with salt.

Next add your wine, and use your wooden spoon to kind of scrape the bottom of your pan to remove anything that might have stuck. This just adds more flavor.

Then add your crushed tomatoes, salt and pepper again, and bring it all to a boil, then let it simmer for a good 25 minutes or so. This will allow all those flavors to come together and it'll be extra yummy.

While your sauce is simmering, cook your spaghetti noodles and drain. Make sure to salt your pasta water.

Then, after your sauce is done, add the bacon pieces back into the sauce; then add your noodles little by little to the sauce until you have just the right noodle to sauce ratio; everyone has different preferences on this, but just add until it looks good to you. Then add your cheese while your pasta is still on the burner, and keep stirring while the cheese gets all melty and gooey. Mix it all up and enjoy!

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Jamie Grizzle said...

I make this sauce all the time - just something I threw together on one of those nights where I had to use what I had. BUT I have never put bacon in it. That is genius! If I didn't already have something in the crockpot I would make it for dinner tonight. I love all your recipes. Thanks for sharing!!!

Stephanie @ Confessions of a Trophy Wife said...

Definitely bookmarking this to try! Hard to pass up with such a glowing review. Thanks for the recipe!

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