Bucatini with Pancetta, Tomatoes, and Onion

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
40 mins

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.


  • 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

  • ½ 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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