Spaghetti all'Amatriciana

Recipe credit: Pina Bresciani ​

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High Protein

Inspired by: Eat Pray Love

This Spaghetti all’ Amatriciana, made with a simplistic, spicy tomato-chili sauce and high-quality, perfectly cooked al dente Barilla Spaghetti, will have you closing your eyes in enjoyment like Julia Roberts did in “Eat, Pray, Love”. Whip this up for a quick and easy weekday meal that you enjoy slowly, just like they do in Italy.

Best served with Ruffino Chianti DOCG

Taste profile: Ruffino's original wine, and one of the world's most recognized Tuscan wines. The wine is extra dry, medium-bodied and well-structured. Enjoy aromas and flavours of chestnut, leather, rye bread and red berry fruit, with spicy notes and a touch of pepper.

Ingredients 2 Number of Servings

¾ box Barilla Spaghetti pasta

1 cup guanciale, cut into thin strips

¼ cup white wine (pinot grigio or similar) 

1 can (796ml) peeled plum tomatoes

Dry chili pepper to taste 

Salt and pepper to taste

1/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano, plus more for garnish

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  • In a large pan that will also fit the Barilla Spaghetti pasta, throw in the guanciale. Bring the pan to medium heat and cook the guanciale until crispy, about 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to boil and add salt once boiled. 

  • Once the guanciale is crispy, add white wine and deglaze. Let the alcohol evaporate off, a few minutes.

  • Remove the guanciale from the pan and set aside, but keep the rendered fat in.

  • Mash the tomatoes with a fork or your hands and add them to the pan with the rendered guanciale fat. Add chili pepper, black pepper to taste, along with a little bit of salt (very little).

  • Let the sauce cook for 20-25 minutes, until reduced.

  • When there are about 10-12 minutes left for the sauce to finish cooking, add the Barilla Spaghetti to the boiling water. Cook the pasta until just before al dente. 

  • Add the guanciale back to the sauce.

  • Add the pasta to the pan with the tomato sauce. Mix together for a few minutes, until sauce absorbs into the pasta. Add Pecorino Romano and mix again.

  • Remove from heat, plate and top with additional Pecorino Romano. Enjoy!

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