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Pasta all'Amatriciana (Fast & Slow)

4-6 Servings

1 hour 35 minutes active

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This classic dish from the town of Amatrice in central Italy traditionally is prepared with guanciale (cured pork cheek), but more widely available pancetta is a good substitute. Be sure to purchase thinly sliced pancetta and chop it finely to ensure the pieces crisp with cooking. For a big boost of savory flavor, we cook a chunk of pecorino Romano cheese directly in sauce; it softens with pressure-cooking, then is stirred until fully blended into the mix. Offer additional pecorino, finely grated, at the table for sprinkling to taste.

4-6

Servings

Tip

Don't forget to save 1 cup of the juices when you drain the tomatoes. They, along with 4 cups of water, are the liquid that cooks the pasta. Don't worry if the spaghetti isn't fully cooked when you open the pot; it will reach al dente during uncovered cooking.

1 hour

35 minutes active

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Reviews
Antoinette Z.

I read decades ago that this sauce did not have any garlic. Garlic was added when other cooks from other parts of Italy thought that ingredient was accidentally omitted when it is, in fact, one of the few sauce recipes deliberately omitting it!

Donna C.

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