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Bucatini with Pancetta, Tomatoes, and Onion


This recipe is inspired by amatriciana sauce, a hearty Italian classic that is often made to go with the extra-chewy, hollow pasta called bucatini.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, September 2008


  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 12 ounces bucatini or spaghetti
  • 1 slice pancetta (6 ounces), diced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes in juice
  • 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano (2 ounces)


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente. Reserve 1 cup pasta water. Drain pasta; return to pot.

  2. While pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium-low. Add pancetta, and cook until browned and crisp, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Using a slotted spoon, transfer pancetta to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain, and set aside (leave fat in skillet).

  3. Increase heat to medium. Add onion and garlic to skillet; season with salt and pepper. Cook until onion begins to soften, 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes (with juice); cook, breaking them up with a spoon, until sauce has slightly thickened, 5 to 8 minutes. Add sauce to pasta in pot; toss, adjusting consistency with pasta water if necessary. Serve pasta topped with pancetta and Pecorino.

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