Pasta in the Style of Amatrice

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Amatrice, a town in the region of Lazio, is the inspiration for this dish made with bucatini, a chunky, tubular pasta. It is accompanied by a spicy tomato sauce that can be made pochi minuti (“in a few minutes”). Use pancetta, which is unsmoked pork belly, available in Italian food markets, or substitute Canadian or slab bacon.




Total Timeunder 30 minutes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Courseappetizer, main course

Dietary Considerationegg-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free

Type of Dishdry pasta, pasta


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup diced pancetta
  • 1 medium white onion, peeled and diced
  • ½ teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
  • 4 cups diced fresh or canned plum tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound bucatini or spaghetti
  • ½ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese


  1. In a skillet, heat the olive oil, add the pancetta, and saute until the pancetta starts to shrivel. Add the onion and continue to saute until the onion is soft. Add the red pepper flakes and saute for several minutes. Then add the tomatoes, salt, and pepper and simmer the mixture, covered, for 10 minutes. Keep the sauce warm.

  2. In a large pot of boiling water, cook the bucatini until al dente. Drain the bucatini well, place it in a serving bowl, and toss with half the sauce. Sprinkle on the cheese and serve at once, passing additional sauce on the side.


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