Pasta With Pancetta and Tomato Sauce - Giada De Laurentiis

READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by rosewater

I saw Food Network's Giada make this simple and quick to put together dish and had to make it. I loved it! Sometimes, I substitute lean ham or canadian bacon for the panchetta.

Top Review by Kasha

Quick, easy, tasty, not too expensive. Be careful with the amount of the red pepper flakes, a good basic, could use bacon easily if no pancetta.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Add the pancetta to a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add olive oil and saute until golden, say 8 minutes. (Suggestion: If using lean ham, add 1/2 tsp black pepper and 1/2 tsp sweet paprika).
  3. Add the onion and saute till tender for 5 minutes. Season with salt.
  4. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and saute until fragrant for about 30 seconds.
  5. Stir in the tomato puree.
  6. Simmer uncovered over medium-low heat until the sauce thickens slightly and the flavors blend, about 15 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, boil the pasta according to directions.
  8. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
  9. Toss the linguine with the sauce in the skillet, adding some of the reserved cooking liquid until the pasta is moist but being careful not to dilute the sauce.
  10. Toss with the cheese.

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a