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4 August 2021

This bucatini all’ amatriciana recipe is a spicy Italian dish of pasta served with a fiery amatriciana sauce of tomatoes, red pepper and guanciale. It’s a spicy pasta lover’s dream.

It’s time for some spicy pasta, my friends! Care for a bowl?

Italy isn’t known for it’s spicy cuisine, though you can find a number of spicy foods in Italian cooking. Bucatini all Amatriciana is one such dish.

Bucatini all Amatriciana is an Italian dish of pasta tossed in a spicy tomato sauce with guanciale and red pepper flakes. It’s a spicy pasta lover’s dream recipe.

The dish is very similar to Italian Pasta Arrabbiata, which is usually vegetarian, though with guanciale.

The origins of amatriciana are controversial, with some sources attributing the dish to Amatrice, Italy, and others claiming it a Roman dish. Others argue over amatriciana ingredients, such as whether or not to include onions, amounts of olive oil, the addition of cheese, and the importance of guanciale as a component.

My version includes guanciale along with onions and garlic, and I add in cheese at the end for serving. I also use some spicy Calabrian chilies in my dish, as I love the additional spice and heat, though you can skip them if you’d like.

Let’s talk about how we make bucatini all’amatriciana, shall we?

Bucatini all Amatriciana in a bowl

Bucatini all Amatriciana Ingredients

  • FOR THE AMATRICIANA SAUCE
  • Olive Oil. 
  • Guanciale. Guanciale is cured pork cheek. Pancetta is the best substitute. You can also sub in hot soppressata or bacon.
  • Vegetables. Onion, Garlic and optional Calabrian chili peppers. I love the peppers for additional flavor and heat. You can use other hot peppers to your personal taste.
  • Tomatoes. I love canned, whole peeled tomatoes that I can crush with my hands.
  • Seasonings. Crushed red pepper flakes, salt and black pepper.
  • FOR SERVING
  • Bucatini Noodles. You can use other noodles for pasta amatriciana.
  • Garnish. Extra crushed red pepper, fresh chopped parsley, grated Parmesan or pecorino romano cheese

Amatriciana sauce in a pan

How to Make Bucatini all Amatriciana – the Recipe Method

Guanciale, Onion and Peppers. Heat the olive oil in a large pan to medium heat and add the guanciale, onion and peppers. Cook them down 5 minutes to soften.

Cooking onions, peppers and guanciale to make Amatriciana sauce

Garlic. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until the fragrance blooms.

Crush the Tomatoes. Crush the tomatoes and add the tomatoes them to the pan. 

Crushing tomatoes to make Amatriciana sauce

Seasonings. Stir in the red pepper flakes, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Stirring the Amatriciana sauce in a pan

Simmer the Amatriciana Sauce. Reduce the heat and simmer the spicy tomato sauce for 15 minutes to develop the flavor, stirring occasionally. You can simmer longer if you’d like. Taste and adjust for salt, pepper and spicy chili flakes.

Simmering Amatriciana sauce in a pan

Get the Pasta Cooking. While the tomato sauce is simmering, prepare your noodles. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil at medium high heat. Boil until the pasta is al dente, 8-10 minutes. Follow the directions of the packaging.

Serving. Serve with prepared bucatini noodles. Add the pasta to sauce. Garnish with extra crushed red pepper, fresh chopped parsley, and grated pecorino cheese or parmesan cheese.

Amatriciana sauce on a spoon

Boom! Done! Your bucatini all’ amatriciana is ready to serve. Time for spicy pasta! The secret is in this amazing amatriciana sauce. Nice and fiery.

Recipe Tips & Notes

  • Noodles. Bucatini is more commonly used, but spaghetti or angel hair pasta are excellent alternatives.
  • Spice Factor. You can easily dial back on the spice and heat factor by skipping or reducing the chili flakes. Add extra to really spice it up, and use the Calabrian chilies or other hot peppers.

That’s it, my friends. I hope you enjoy my bucatini all’ amatriciana recipe. Let me know if you make it. I’d love to hear how it turned out for you. Keep it spicy!

Bucatini all Amatriciana ready to serve

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Bucatini all Amatriciana in a bowl with parmesan cheese

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Bucatini all Amatriciana Recipe

This bucatini all' amatriciana recipe is a spicy Italian dish of pasta served with a fiery amatriciana sauce of tomatoes, red pepper and guanciale. It's a spicy pasta lover's dream.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Calabrian chilies, chili flakes, guanciale, pasta, spicy
Servings: 4
Calories: 640kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 ounces guanciale chopped (sub in hot soppressata, pancetta, or bacon)
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 Calabrian peppers chopped (for extra heat and spiciness)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 28 ounce can peeled tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon spicy red pepper flakes or more to taste
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 12 ounces bucatini noodles prepared to al dente
  • For Serving: Extra crushed red pepper, fresh chopped parsley, grated Parmesan or pecorino cheese

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan to medium heat and add the guanciale, onion and peppers. Cook them down 5 minutes to soften.
  • Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until the fragrance blooms.
  • Crush the tomatoes and add them to the pan.
  • Stir in the red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes to develop the flavor. You can simmer longer if you'd like. Taste and adjust for salt, pepper and spicy chili flakes.
  • Serve with prepared bucatini noodles. Garnish with extra crushed red pepper, fresh chopped parsley, and grated Parmesan or pecorino cheese.

Nutrition

Calories: 640kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 544mg | Potassium: 697mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 595IU | Vitamin C: 54mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 3mg