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Category: Pasta
Servings: 4 - 6
Total time: 45 min
Level: Easy
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An authentic Italian recipe from our kitchen to yours. Buon Appetito!


- 1 box bucatini pasta

- 8 medium plum tomatoes, diced

- 1/2 pound guanciale, diced

- 1 tablespoon lard

- 1/3 cup pecorino cheese

- 1/8 teaspoon chili pepper (optional)

- Salt and pepper


1.  Prepare the water for the pasta according the manufacturer's instructions.

2.  In a large sauté pan over medium heat, add the lard to the pan and swirl it around until it has melted and coats the bottom of the pan. To the pan, add the guanciale and sauté until the fat has been rendered and the meat is golden and crisp.

3.  Strain the guanciale from the pan onto a plate, and then add the diced tomatoes to the pan along with a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir the ingredients in the pan thoroughly to combine. Allow the tomatoes to come to a simmer and then cover the pan and cook for 12 - 15 minutes, stirring occasionally or until the tomatoes have broken down into a sauce.




4.  While the tomato sauce is cooking, add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to the manufacturer's instructions.

5.  When the pasta has finished cooking to your desired consistency, strain it from the pasta water, and then add it to the pan with the tomato sauce. Add the drained guanciale back to the pan with the tomato sauce as well along with the chili pepper (optional). Toss all ingredients well to combine.

6.  Remove the pan from the heat and sprinkle half of the pecorino over the pasta. Toss the ingredients in the pan once more so that the pecorino is evenly distributed throughout the dish.

7.  Plate the pasta and top with the rest of the pecorino. Serve hot.


True Bucatini all’ Amatriciana is a very local dish requiring pecorino and guanciale from the region of Amatrice in Italy. While this recipe is authentic, the flavor will not be identical to the dish you would have in Amatrice.

You can substitute spaghetti if you cannot find bucatini pasta.