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Simple Bucatini all’Amatriciana

Author: Haley Isaf, Macadam Foodie

This pasta dish only requires a few ingredients, but is full of bright & sophisticated flavors.


  • 1 pound of pancetta, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 jar Zupan’s Tomato Basil sauce, pureed in a food processor or blender
  • ½ teaspoon hot red-pepper flakes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound dried bucatini
  • ½ cup freshly grated pecorino, romano or Parmesan cheese


Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add pancetta and sauté until crisp and golden, about 4 minutes. Add pepper flakes and black pepper; stir for 10 seconds.

Add tomatoes, reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens, 15-20 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season with salt; add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until 2 minutes before al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of pasta cooking water.

Add drained pasta to sauce in skillet and toss vigorously with tongs to coat. Add 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water and cook until sauce coats pasta and pasta is al dente, about 2 minutes. (Add a little pasta water if sauce is too dry.)

Stir in cheese and transfer pasta to warmed bowls.