Spicy Tomato Pasta

This pasta dish is actually called Bucatini all’Amatriciana and is a recipe from Bon Appétit.  Not only is it very easy to whip together, but it is so satisfying.  The spice from the red pepper flakes, richness from the pancetta, and sweetness from the tomatoes all combine to create a memorable meal.

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Spicy Tomato Pasta (serves 3 people)

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive

4 oz. thinly sliced pancetta ( you can use unsmoked bacon too)

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3/4 cup minced onion

2 cloves of minced garlic

28 oz. can peeled tomatoes with juices, crushed by hand

Kosher salt

12 oz. spaghetti

1/4 cup grated Pecorino

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the pancetta and sauté until it reaches a golden color and is crispy (see below picture).

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Add pepper flakes and black pepper.  Add onion and garlic, stir until soft.  Add tomatoes and reduce the heat to low.  Keep cooking with occasional check back in stirs, it will take another 20 minutes.

Bring a large pot of water to boil.  Add the pasta and cook to al dente according the instructions on the box.

Add drained pasta to sauce and toss.  Finally add the cheese and then feast!

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