Pasta Amatriciana is among the most beloved traditional Italian pasta dishes ever. A very old dish, the recipe for Spaghetti all’Amatriciana has a very rich history, originating from the town of Amatrice in the central region of Lazio. This dish is made with a simple yet flavorful tomato sauce combined with cured pork jowl or pancetta and red pepper flakes, tossed with spaghetti or bucatini pasta. With its rich and hearty taste, pasta amatriciana is the perfect comfort food that is loved by many. Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy weeknight dinner or a special occasion meal, this dish is sure to satisfy.
Ideal for preparing a lunch or dinner on the fly, Pasta Amatriciana is an ace up your sleeve when you have little time to spend at the stove, but the desire to enjoy a full-bodied comfort dish with typical Italian flavors.
If you’re unable to find cured pork jowl or prefer not to use it, you can substitute it with Italian Pancetta or bacon (cooked until crispy). Of course the end result may have a slightly different flavor. Red pepper flakes or chili pepper is often used in a pasta amatriciana recipe to add a subtle heat to the dish (of course the use of chili pepper is optional and can be adjusted to your taste).
So, let’s get started and discover the secrets to making a delicious pasta amatriciana!