Bucataini All’Amatriciana is one of the four classic Roman pasta dishes, and like the other three – cacio e pepe, carbonara, and alla Gricia – it’s flavored with Pecorino Romano and black pepper. This guy also has some guanciale (cured pork jowl – though here I’m using some cured pork belly that’s similar to pancetta), and uniquely among the four dishes, tomatoes.
It’s a fast dish – the sauce can be made in the amount of time it takes to cook the pasta (though it doesn’t hurt to make it in advance) – and it’s one of my favorites.
Our neighbors also had some great looking arugula, so I made an arugula salad on the side (with some of my toddler’s half-eaten apple and whatever cheese I could find in the fridge). Bonus science lesson on the importance of vinaigrettes.
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