Amatriciana with Bucatini

Lunch / Dinner

Amatriciana with Bucatini

Amatriciana is the opus that brings together all the themes of Roman pasta: starchy pasta water with guanciale or pancetta drippings and Pecorino Romano, creating an emulsion that becomes the background sauce. San Marzano tomatoes hit the high notes for a simple yet perfectly sensational pasta dish.


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Best Tomatoes for Italian Sauce

With their sweet sun-ripe taste, low acidity, and firm pulp, San Marzano plum tomatoes are touted as the best for making tomato-based sauces.


Cook pasta in a pot of boiling salted water according to package directions, stopping 1 minute before stated cook time. Reserve ½ cup of pasta water; drain pasta.

Meanwhile, cook guanciale in oil in a cold skillet over medium heat until browned, 710 minutes.

Add onions; sweat over medium heat until softened, 3 minutes. Add garlic and pepper flakes; cook 1 minute. Add 2–4 Tbsp. pasta water; cook until bubbling subsides and water mostly evaporates, 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes; increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Add pasta; toss to coat.

Off heat, stir in 3 Tbsp. Pecorino until melted; season with salt and black pepper. Top servings with remaining 1 Tbsp. Pecorino.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Per serving

Calories: 473

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 21g 32%

Saturated Fat 6g 30%

Cholesterol 33mg 11%

Sodium 989mg 41%

Carbs 53g 17%

Protein 18g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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