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Pasta all'Amatriciana

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Michelle De La Cerda
Pasta all'Amatriciana - Quick and easy pasta dish with just a few simple ingredients of diced tomatoes, bacon, onion, and red pepper flakes.


  • Olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove; thinly sliced
  • 6-8 pieces crumbled cooked thick-cut bacon
  • 1 small onion; thinly sliced
  • 3 cans diced tomatoes; undrained
  • Pinch of Red pepper flakes; + if you like it spicy
  • Salt/pepper; to taste
  • 1 lb . long pasta of choice (spaghetti, fettuccine, angel hair)
  • Pasta water
  • Pecorino-Romano cheese


  1. Cook pasta one according to package directions reserving about a cup of pasta water.
  2. Cook and crumble the bacon, set aside. (For extra flavor, reserve some drippings to cook the onions)
  3. In a skillet, sauté the onion and the garlic in olive oil (or bacon renderings) until onions are thoroughly cooked, about 7 minutes.
  4. Add all 3 cans of tomatoes with juice, mix thoroughly. Add bacon, pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Bring to simmer and cook until everything is warm; about 3 minutes.
  5. Add cooked pasta straight to sauce with a bit of the pasta water until it reaches the desired thinness, about 1/4 a cup.
  6. Top with pecorino-Romano cheese.