Sofia Loren's Pasta Sauce With Onions and Pancetta

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

This is a recipe that is more than the sum of it's parts. Bacon can be used instead of Pancetta making this a great "unexpected company" dish.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place the oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add the bacon and onions.
  2. When the onions begin to turn golden add the Chile pepper, tomatoes, basil and a pinch of salt.
  3. Cook the sauce for about 15 minutes until the flavors are nicely combined.
  4. Meanwhile cook 1# bucatini until al dente.
  5. Toss the pasta with the sauce and sprinkle generously with cheese.


Most Helpful

Fast and simple to prepare, wonderful for a midweek supper when you dont want to spend time in the kitchen. I used bacon, pancetta not being freely available here, and I had to use dried basil (so sorry) because my basil leaves weren't looking too healthy. We loved the bite of the red pepper flakes, and found this to be an excellent tomato sauce. Served over spaghetti. Thanks, Salesgirl!

Karen Elizabeth June 24, 2009

Wow! Made using 4 oz of pancetta (chopped), 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (next time I'll use the full 1/2 tsp) & fire roasted tomatoes. I forgot to add the shaved parm/reggie I had intended to use, before I took the photos. I also added a little extra fresh basil, torn on top with the cheese & the flavor was amazing. We are a whole family of pasta lovers & DH commented that this was the best pasta recipe he can remember in recent years. I loved how simple & quick it was. Using ingredients that are almost always on hand, except the pancetta, which I bought special for this. But I know bacon would be just as great & will try it soon as well. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, Salesgirl! :) Made & enjoyed for Zaar Chef Alphabet Tag game.

**Tinkerbell** June 17, 2009

Yum! Better than expected. I used two onions, 3 TBSP olive oil, 2 TBSP butter, 6 slices of bacon with fat trimmed off and chopped, and 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, and one 14,5 oz can of diced tomatoes as I didn't want to open up 2 cans to make a pound. It was still very, very delicious and a surprisingly rich, restaurant-quality taste. Even better the next day! Thanks Salesgirl! This is a new favorite.

Cosas Preciosas April 11, 2009

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