Comfort Food Friday
Happy Friday! Today I am sharing an easy, crowd pleasing (at least in my house) pasta recipe. We eat a lot of pasta and chicken around here! This recipe is for Bucatini All 'Amatriciana, it is quick to make and quite a flavorful pasta.
Now for the recipe in pictures...
These are the ingredients needed:
First, cook the pancetta in the olive oil. If you are unable to find it pre-diced, you can purchase thick slabs from the deli counter and dice those up.
This is what the pancetta will look like when it is done cooking:
Drain it on a paper towel:
Add the onions to the pancetta pan, do not wipe out the pan, the onions will cook in the oil remaining in the pan from sautéing the pancetta:
Cook the onions until soft, about five minutes:
Then add in the garlic, chili flakes, and salt, cooking for 1-2 minutes. The garlic should be fragrant, be careful not to burn it though.
After the garlic, chili flakes, and salt are incorporated and cooked, add the crushed tomatoes, bay leaves, pepper, and sugar:
Mix together and then add the cooked pancetta:
Simmer the sauce on very low heat (a slow simmer) for 30 minutes. It will thicken slightly and the higher the simmer, the thicker the sauce will be:
Time when to begin cooking the pasta so that it is done when the sauce is done simmering. Add the tomato sauce to the drained pasta. Reserve some of the pasta water in case the sauce is too thick.
I generally pour the pasta into the colander and then immediately return it to the pot so that some of the cooking water remains with the pasta because it hasn't had time to completely drain. This saves me from having to add reserved water. Toss to coat:
Serve it with parmesan to taste. And presto, dinner is served!
I wish this is what was for dinner tonight lol. Fish tacos though are on the menu around here :-)
Thank you for being here today. Bon Appétit.