Bucatini Amatriciana Alla Romana

"This is one of the most popular Roman pasta dishes, very tasty and quick and simple to prepare. Like so many of traditional Italian dishes every household and every mammas and nonnas have their own recipes none of which are identical, this is the one we established and find to our liking... Bucatini is the type of the pasta traditionally used for this recipe, you can also use spaghetti, the result is just as delicious. Note: Given amounts of ingredients below are just a rough indication... please feel free to adjust them according to your preference! Also, during the season, do use fresh ripe tomatoes instead of those from the tins!"
Bucatini Amatriciana Alla Romana created by Lavender Lynn
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  • In a skillet sauté onion and garlic in a sufficient amount of olive oil.
  • When they are well cooked, add the crumbled bacon and tomatoes, season with salt and pepper (or red pepper).
  • *if you are using the tinned tomatoes, mush them up in small pieces.
  • Bring to boil and cook for several minutes until the flavours are well blended and some of the extra liquid is evaporated.
  • Meanwhile cook the pasta al dente, and drain.
  • Toss the tomato mixture together with the pasta, serve with plenty of freshly grated cheese.

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  1. HeatherN
    Loved it!! We've been spending a lot of time in Rome lately (oh the horror - right?) Now if I could just have a nice Roman view while I'm eating it....... ahhh, a girl can dream, can't she?
  2. marybrowne
    This was really tasty. I used canned tomatoes with herbs. I added a dash of dried basil and dried oregano, and used low fat rashers. Will definitely make again. Thanks Lavender Lynn :-)
  3. Kim D.
    This was delicious! I used pancetta and canned tomatoes, as that was all I had on hand. I also had to use spaghetti becaue I couldn't find bucatini in my grocery store. DH and I really enjoyed this dish and we plan to make it often.
  4. Lavender Lynn
    Bucatini Amatriciana Alla Romana Created by Lavender Lynn
  5. Lavender Lynn
    We absolutely loved this recipe. It was delicious. It was a fairly simple list of ingredients but came together great.We followed the recipe exactly. I could not find the bucatini pasta so we used linguine instead. We used fresh tomatoes. When we added the tomato mixture to the onion mixture I was afraid it was going to become too watery but I followed the directions and let it simmer a few minutes to blend the flavors. The freshly grated parmesan was the great finishing touch. Thank you for a great recipe!


My name is Licia, I have been living happily in Rome for 4+years now. My Roman partner Cristiano and I are both enthusiastic foodies, and we love cooking. We also enjoy experimenting with new international ingredients to broaden our culinary horizons, and I am still learning the wonderful world of authentic Italian cuisine every day!! Some of my other personal interests are physical fitness (which is a good thing to balance out my enthusiasm for good eating, lol!), graphic software (especially adobe photoshop), music, films, digital photography, animals (especially cats!) and travelling. As much as I adore sweet treats, all kind of cakes, I fare much less in the aspect of baking than other type of cooking. At times they come out good, other times not, for reasons unexplained... :-( I would love to learn much more about it though, and sooner or later perfect the art!! <img src="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b399/susied214/permanent%20collection/Adopted1smp.jpg" border="0" alt="Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket"> (Susie, thanks for adopting me!!)
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