Saturday, February 11, 2012

Bucatini all'Amatriciana {aka Bacon Pasta}

Giada makes it.
Theresa from the Housewives makes it.
Everyone has her own version!!
One of my no-fail, easy go-to dinners, and one of Joe's favorite {score!}
Bucatini all'Amatriciana
Bacon Pasta
1 box of pasta of choice {bucatini is like spaghetti but is thicker & hollow}
6-8 slices of applewood smoked bacon {In Italy, they'd use pancetta, but the kinds we have here aren't as good, instead you can use bacon}
1 large can of crushed tomatoes
1 can of tomato paste
1 onion diced
2 crushed garlic cloves
a few splashes of red wine 
1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese
a few pinches of red pepper
salt/pepper to taste
EVOO for the pan
In a large pot, boil water & follow directions for pasta.
In another large pot, saute onions in about 2 T of extra virgin olive oil on medium heat
Tip: Salt the the onions to tenderize a bit quicker
Once softened, add garlic and cook another 1-2 minutes. Don't burn/brown, just soften.
Add crushed tomatoes, paste, seasonings and bring to a boil.
Add wine & simmer to reduce a bit.
Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay bacon without overlapping. 
Place in a 400 degree oven and bake until cooked  (10-13 minutes or so).
You can cook bacon on the stove, but if you're already using 2 burners, the oven may be easier.  I just started baking the bacon a few months ago!
 Once the bacon is patted with a papertowel to remove excess fat, tear into small pieces and throw it in the sauce.  
Add the Parmesan cheese.
Toss with the pasta.


  1. This looks delicious! Can't wait to try it out!

  2. girl you are a great cook! i want to try this!

  3. I love anything that involves bacon :)


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