Amatriciana pasta
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Amatriciana pasta

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Serves 4

Slightly spicy tomato and bacon pasta dish - utterly irresistible

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  • 400g linguine or spaghetti pasta
  • 120g streaky bacon
  • 1 onion
  • 1 dried chilli
  • 1can (450g) chopped tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • dash of maggi or worcester sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • chopped parsley and parmesan to serve


    1. Thinly slice the onion and cut the bacon into pieces of about 7mm thickness. Discard the seeds of the chilli and chop finely.
    2. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan and fry the bacon on a low heat. Once the bacon starts to become slightly crispy on the edges, add the onion and chilli. Cook on a low heat until the onions start to caramelise. (POINT: At least 15mins)
    3. Add the chopped tomatoes and sugar and leave the sauce to thicken on a low to medium heat for 15-20mins.
    4. Season with a little salt, pepper and dash of maggi or worcester sauce.
    5. Pour over cooked pasta and serve with chopped parsley and grated parmesan.

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3rd May, 2020
It's a good recipe but it uses too much oil and not enough bacon (30g per person!). Adjust these and you have a simple, tasty meal! Also, it's better with penne. The "I lived in Italy / I'm an Italian..." crowd are probably going to complain about Worcestershire sauce, but they need to ask them selves, if they know so much about italian food, why are they looking up this recipe on BBC good food? Lol.
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Authentic Itali...
13th Nov, 2019
The shameful way of how to destroy a Traditional Italian dish!
27th Jun, 2017
very tasty and easy to make
14th Jul, 2016
Onion? Sugar? Parsely? Maggi sauce?! Certainly not Amatriciani.
19th Dec, 2015
Forgot to rate.
19th Dec, 2015
This is a fab recipe, so few ingredients yet so tasty. Even my picky children love it!
17th Jan, 2015
Made this several times and have always loved the results. Made absolutely no changes to the recipe. Delicious.
24th Jun, 2014
A great store cupboard standby - tasty, cheap and easy. We all enjoyed it (didn't change anything).
24th Nov, 2013
the very matriciana of amatriciana is site
27th Aug, 2013
This recipe is delicious - thanks for the tip about 'at least 15 mins for the onions' I would have given it about 5 mins without this guidance. I completely forgot to add the Worcestershire sauce and it still tasted great. Unusual for me but I found that it didn't need any additional salt either, maybe because the streaky bacon I used had enough in it.


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26th Mar, 2014
(A)Matriciana has been one of my favourite pasta sauce for years but I am, in my dotage, no longer allowed streaky bacon; too much fat. However this is still great, quick and easy, using de-fatted back bacon or even lean ham. A few strips of sweet pepper and/or a few mushrooms cooked with the onions are great variations too, and don't forget a clove of crushed, chopped garlic.