Bucatini all’Amatricianai


Bucatini all’Amatriciana

Makes 4 – 6 servings

2 tablespoons olive oil

6 ounces guanciale, thinly sliced

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

½ medium Spanish onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 28-ounce can San Marzano tomatoes, chopped

12 ounces dried bucatini

½ cup parmesan cheese, finely grated

¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley (plus more for garnishing)

Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper

1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When hot, add the guanciale and fry, stirring often, until golden brown (about 4 – 6 minutes). Add the red pepper flakes, onion, garlic, and a pinch of sea salt, and cook until the onion is softened and translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the tomatoes, bring to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened and glorious (15 – 20 minutes). Season with salt and pepper to taste.

2. While the sauce is cooking, bring a large stock pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions (al dente, please). Drain, and reserve about ½ cup of pasta cooking liquid.

3. Add the cooked pasta to the sauce pan and pour in the reserved pasta water. Add the cheese, then give everything a toss making sure the pasta is completely coated. Transfer to a serving platter, top with chopped parsley and an extra hit of cracked black pepper. Serve immediately. Delicious!


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