Traditional Pasta all’Amatriciana: Signature Italian Pasta Recipe

This dish is not only an Italian classic but it’s also super simple and quick to make! Whip up this Amatriciana sauce after a long day of work and enjoy the delicious flavors of the guanciale mixed with the aromatic tomato sauce. Don’t forget to top it with a layer of creamy Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of silky olive oil for the final touch!

Pasta all’Amatriciana

Servings: 2 people
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 200 grams pasta (we prefer penne but Bucatini or spaghetti works too)
  • 4 oz package of guanciale or pancetta (diced)
  • 15 oz tomato sauce (canned or homemade)
  • 4-5 fresh basil leaves
  • red pepper flakes (a few shakes)
  • salt and pepper


  • First, start boiling the water for the pasta and heat up a medium sized pan on medium heat. When the pan is hot, drizzle in a little olive oil then add the guanciale/pancetta.
  • Let the guanciale/pancetta fry in the oil for 5-6 minutes or until they are lightly browned and crispy.
  • Now, slowly pour the tomato sauce in the pan. Tear up the basil into chunks and add it to the sauce along with a few shakes of red pepper flakes and salt and pepper. Mix everything together and let the sauce simmer while the pasta continues cooking.
  • Once the pasta is ready, drain it and add it to the saucepan. Once again, mix everything together well so the pasta is completely coated.
  • Serve the Amatriciana with a drizzle of olive oil and either Parmesan or Pecorino cheese grated on top. Enjoy!
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5 thoughts on “Pasta all’Amatriciana”

  1. Virginia Warre

    5 stars
    Great Pasta all’Amatriciana recipe! I loved the spicy kick from the red pepper flakes. Felt like I was back in Italy!

  2. 4 stars
    Followed this recipe to the T, and it was spot on. The guanciale added a nice depth to the tomato sauce, and the fresh basil gave it a zing. Perfect!

  3. 5 stars
    The balance of flavors in this Amatriciana recipe is simply commendable. The sauce had the right tanginess and the guanciale provided a wonderful savory element.

  4. Michelle Fiel

    4 stars
    This recipe is a win! My partner and I enjoyed making it together. The end result? A tasty, satisfying dish dinner 🙂

  5. 4 stars
    Cooking this Amatriciana made me appreciate the simplicity and richness of Italian cuisine. The flavors were vibrant & comforting. A new staple in my kitchen.

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