Pasta Alla Amatriciana

"A fairly easy and tasty pasta dish from Sunset. It uses ingredients you may have on hand."
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  • Cook pasta according to directions.
  • Cook bacon in a wide frying pan over medium-high heat, stirring often, just until fat is rendered (3-5 minutes). Add onion; cook, stirring often until soft (about 5 minutes). Stir in garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes with their liquid. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened.
  • Gently toss pasta with sauce.
  • Serve with grated parmesan cheese.

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  1. momof3Jboys
    This turned out very flavorful for us, with the addition of 2 extra slices bacon (niman ranch applewood smoked), 2 extra cloves garlic, 1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes (we used crushed for the 28 ounce can in the recipe), 1/2 t dried oregano, salt, and pepper. I also used about 2/3 an onion, and it was still "onion-y". I also trimmed the fat on the bacon, after cooking it fully and cooked the rest in a separate pan to make it less fattening.
  2. jkoch960
    We truly enjoyed this dish! My DH loved the kick the red pepper flakes gave it! And anything with bacon is great with me! Will definitely make this again! Made for ZWT4.
  3. lauralie41
    A very easy and quick pasta dish to make but sorry to say for us it was not a favorite. The smokey flavor of the bacon did not seem to blend well with the tomatoes. I think some fresh herbs would be wonderful in the sauce and round out the flavor a bit better.
  4. KelBel
    This was easy and tastey. I believe it does needs more seasoning like Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Used fire roasted tomatoes and applewood smoked bacon. Also added smoked paprika to add more flavor.
  5. echo echo
    I had to make this with low-sodium bacon, which wasn't particularly thick-cut but was still fine (also use no-salt-added tomatoes. I doubled the amount of crushed red pepper flakes. My palate is used to low-salt content, so for me it was great this way. It's the red pepper flakes I think which really make this special.


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