Everyday Meals

Traditional Spaghetti all'Amatriciana


  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided, or more if needed
  • 1onion, finely chopped
  • 7 ounces pancetta bacon, diced
  • 2 cups passata (crushed tomatoes)
  • 1 tablespoon water, or more as needed
  • ½ teaspoon white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes.


  • Step 2

    Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and cook onion until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add pancetta and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in passata, water, and sugar; cook until sauce has thickened, 10 to 15 minutes

  • Step 3

    Drain spaghetti and toss with sauce, remaining olive oil, Parmesan cheese, and red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper.

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