Pasta All’Amatriciana

Screen Shot 2018-03-28 at 3.09.28 PMIN ROME, RED SAUCE IS RICH, HEARTY AND… BARELY THERE?

Be sure to purchase thinly sliced pancetta and chop it finely to ensure the pieces crisp with cooking. If the sauced pasta thickens before you can serve it, toss in a bit more reserved cooking water to loosen its consistency.

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
3 ounces thinly sliced pancetta, finely chopped
10 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3/4 cup dry white wine
1 14½-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, drained, juices reserved, tomatoes crushed by hand into small pieces
1 1-ounce chunk pecorino Romano cheese, plus more finely grated, to serve
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
12 ounces spaghetti
In a 12-inch skillet over medium, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil until shimmering. Add the pancetta and cook, stirring, until well-browned and crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside.

Return the skillet to medium and add the garlic; cook, stirring, until light golden brown, about 2 minutes. Stir in the pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Add the wine, increase to medium-high and cook, stirring, until most of the liquid has evaporated, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the drained tomatoes and cook, stirring, until heated, about 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large pot, bring 2 quarts of water and the pecorino chunk to a boil, stirring occasionally to prevent the cheese from sticking to the pot. Stir in the pasta and 2 teaspoons salt.

Cook, stirring often until the pasta is just shy of al dente. Remove and discard the pecorino, then drain the pasta in a colander set in a large heat-safe bowl; reserve the cooking water.

Set the skillet over medium-high, stir in 1½ cups of the reserved pasta water and bring to a simmer. Add the drained pasta, tossing with tongs. Cook, stirring occasionally until most of the liquid has been absorbed, 3 to 6 minutes.

Off heat, stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, the pancetta and 2 teaspoons black pepper. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve with grated pecorino on the side.


Pasta All’Amatriciana

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