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The Best Amatriciana Sauce

Blog Date: 2017-09-20
Author: aflorian


Named after the Italian town, Amatrice, Amatriciana sauce is a classic Italian spicy red sauce traditionally made with guanciale (cured pork cheek), black pepper and/or red pepper flakes and pecorino cheese. Needless to say, it's a sauce packed with flavor and today we're sharing our recipe with you!  

What you'll need:
  • 28 oz. can of whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 lb. bucatini
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 lb. guanciale or pancetta, diced
  • 2 tbsp. evoo
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • handful fresh basil leaves
  • pecorino cheese, grated
  • salt and pepper to taste
Step 1: In a food processor, blend tomatoes until smooth and set aside. 

Step 2: In a large skillet, heat olive oil and add guanciale or pancetta.  Sautee for five minutes or until golden brown.

Step 3: Add in garlic and red pepper flakes and sautee for one minute.  Next, add tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper.  On medium-low heat, stir and then let cook, uncovered for about 15 minutes.  The sauce will thicken.  Toss with your cooked bucatini and garnish with parsley and cheese!

Buon appetito!