Monday, February 1, 2010

The Spaghetti Series - All'Amatriciana (#1)

Lets face it: Monday's are as bad as those leftovers sitting in the back of your fridge for over a week.

In order to brighten Mondays up a bit, I decided to create a weekly piece known as The Spaghetti Series. Each Monday I will post a new dish made with spaghetti for readers. It will be something simple, since Monday nights one is usually rather exhausted, but flavorful and fun to make.

Tonight I begin the series with a sauce called Amatriciana - a traditional Italian sauce based on dried pork cheek, pecorino, and tomato - from the town of Amatrice. There are many recipes out there with many variations, so I took the basics and then made it my own. It had a wonderful heat to it for a cold winter's night, and of course bacon is one of the ultimate comfort foods (in moderation, of course!).

Spaghetti All'Amatriciana

2 28 oz cans of diced tomatoes
4 pieces of unsmoked bacon, center cut
2 medium onions, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
2 cups of dry white wine
salt and pepper to taste
8 oz of cooked spaghetti
grated pecorino romano

- In a heavy saucepan, cook bacon until its well done and crispy. Remove and drain. Crumble.
- Pour off all but one tablespoon of bacon goodness and place pot back on low heat
- Add garlic and stir, 1 minute
- Add onions and stir, scraping up the nice brown bits, 5 minutes
- Add 1 cup of white wine (the 2nd cup is yours to drink), red pepper, marjoram, oregano, and parsley and let reduce (about 5 minutes)
- Add tomatoes and let simmer for 30 minutes
- Working in batches, puree the sauce in a blender
- Return to pot and let simmer for another 30 minutes
- Serve over spaghetti and top with grated romano cheese and some crumbled bacon.


  1. Ahh, this sounds fabulous. How could you go wrong with the bacon and the wine?!?!

  2. I love this pasta dish! Pasta on Mondays is a great idea. I need something to cheer me up on Mondays!

  3. I've never had spaghetti sauce with bacon! It's a definite must-try for me. It sounds really delicious. I love your idea for a spaghetti series!

  4. Nothing like a good dish of spaghetti on a weeknight - yum!

  5. Mmm.. what a delicious sauce for pasta! Sounds like a must try!

    I just got back to town and I know you left me a comment that said you will email me the address for the chips giveaway but I couldn't find your message anywhere. If you still would like to get the sample, can you please email me ( with the address or either way. Thanks!

  6. What a gorgeous pasta. I love anything that has bacon in it. Thanks for sharing this one. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  7. Mmm! Anything with crumbled bacon is a winner in my recipe book!! ;D This looks excellent!

  8. You're right, Aimee. Bacon should be a food group!
    Love your pasta Mondays! This one is a nice, simple, flavorful pasta dish! Easy and quick.

  9. What a great idea - Pasta Monday! Add bacon to that and you can't go wrong. Love it - thank you,

  10. I love the idea of having a spaghetti night - pasta is so great for a quick meal. I'm vegetarian and this has become my staple pasta dish... I'll be interested to get some more inspiration from your ideas :)

  11. The bacon is a perfect addition in my opinion. What a hearty and delicious pasta.

  12. Popped in to say hello! Speghetti and bacon? My favorite things in the world!!

  13. Oh mama mia...another drool worthy elicous pasta.......fantastic spaghetti....

  14. This looks so good Chef Aimee! Another fine pasta dish! Yum!

  15. Pasta amatriciana is one of my all-time favorites! SO perfect for a quick weeknight dinner.

  16. Great idea for a Pasta Monday...yummy! I love pasta, so recipes are greatly appreciated. Now that I see this, I would love a nice swirl of THIS pasta. It sounds deeeeee-lish!!

  17. how does not like spaghetti and pasta? I just love the recipe and pasta in general. I think its awesomely easy and time saver.

    Thank you for sharing,

  18. Spaghetti is one of the few things that will definitely not fail to make mondays better. I love amatriciana sauce! Bacon makes everything better.

  19. Nothing is more comforting than a delicious bowl of pasta... and then seconds.
    *kisses* HH

  20. Never tried this before.Will give a try soon.

  21. The crumbled bacon garnish is genius! Amatriciana is my all-time favourite pasta sauce.

  22. I LOVE your idea of doing spaghetti every Monday! I'll be over for dinner every Monday:D
    The addition of bacon in this sauce is amazing!Looking forward to next Monday.