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Bucatini with Tomato, Pancetta and Onion Sauce all’Amatriciana

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This recipe is courtesy of Barbara Kafka
  Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Pancetta/Lightly smoked lean slab bacon 1⁄2 Pound, cut into1/2-inch cubes
  Onion 1 Medium, finely chopped to make about 1 cup
  Canned diced tomatoes in juice 3 Cup (48 tbs) (Sterile Pack, With The Liquid)
  Salt To Taste
  Freshly ground black pepper To Taste
  Bucatini/Perciatelli / penne pasta 1 Pound
  Freshly grated pecorino romano 1 Tablespoon

Heat the olive oil in a wide saucepan over medium heat. Add the pancetta and cook, stirring, until lightly browned on all sides, about 6 minutes. Add the onion and stir until softened and starting to pick up the color from the bottom of the pan, a minute or two. Pour in the tomatoes and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to simmering and cook until the onion is tender, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Stir in the pasta and cook until al dente.

Reserve about a cup of the pasta cooking liquid. Drain the pasta, return it to the pot and add the sauce. Stir to coat the pasta with sauce, adding some of the reserved cooking liquid if necessary to help the sauce coat the pasta. Remove from the heat, stir in a handful of Pecorino and scrape the pasta into a serving bowl. Pass additional grated Pecorino at the table.

Excerpted from Vegetable Love by Barbara Kafka (Artisan Books) Copyright 2005. To see more recipes from Vegetable Love you can purchase the book at

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Traditionally this sauce is served with bucatini or perciatelli—think fat spaghetti with a hole running through the center. Penne or rigatoni would be good substitutes. This is enough to sauce a pound of pasta.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 752 Calories from Fat 256

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 29 g43.9%

Saturated Fat 9.5 g47.3%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 41.3 mg13.8%

Sodium 1296.8 mg54%

Total Carbohydrates 102 g34.1%

Dietary Fiber 8.4 g33.6%

Sugars 4.2 g

Protein 26 g51.8%

Vitamin A 25.4% Vitamin C 34.3%

Calcium 9.5% Iron 25.5%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Bucatini With Tomato, Pancetta And Onion Sauce All’Amatriciana Recipe