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Real amatriciana sauce - enjoy
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Real amatriciana sauce

One of the most famous pasta sauces all over the world, amatriciana will make the whole family happy! Here a step-by-step guide so that you will never go wrong again :)
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Main Course, Primo
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: energetic, tasty, Traditional
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 500kcal
Author: Roberto
Cost: $2


  • pot
  • pan
  • knife
  • wooden spoon


  • 400 gr pasta (spaghetti, bucatini, rigatoni)
  • 240 gr guanciale Two thick slices per person
  • 120 gr pecorino romano pecorino di Amatrice if possible
  • 400 gr tomato sauce
  • q.s. black pepper
  • q.s. chili pepper
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Remove the rind from the guanciale, then cut it into thick slice, about 0.5 cm each. Consider 6 slices per 4 people. Cut each slice into sticks.
    Real amatriciana sauce
  • Heat the pan, then with use a piece of rind to grease its surface (see video below). Add the guanciale, that will start immediately to fry (pay attention: it should become transparent, don't burn it). The right texture of the guanciale, not burnt but not even boiled, is crucial to the success of this recipe. In the meanwhile, start heating the water and salt it.
    Real amatriciana sauce
  • When the guanciale has released its fat and looks crispy, add the tomato sauce. With a cover (otherwise it gets too dry), cook it for about 20-25 minutes. Add black pepper according to taste (personally I prefer to skip this, since the guanciale rind is already rich in black pepper and some of that sticks to the fat).
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  • When the pasta is almost ready (2 minutes in advance of cooking time) remove it from the water and drop it into the pan. With the spoon, stir it. If needed (the guanciale fat should be enough) add some pasta water and go on stirring. Repeat until it is cooked. The pasta water, high in starch, will help creating a wonderful cream, when added to...
    Real amatriciana sauce - spachetti and sauce in the pan
  • ... the fat contained in the pecorino romano. This is final step: add the pecorino, stir it and your amatriciana is ready to be served. Buon appetito!
    Real amatriciana sauce - enjoy