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Bucatini all'Amatriciana | Authentic Italian Pasta Recipe

Updated: Jun 27, 2023

A classic pasta dish from Lazio, the area around Rome, Bucatini all'Amatriciana is made with the pecorino cheese and crispy guanciale of a Carbonara, but with tomato sauce instead of egg. Eva is admittedly a little biased towards her precious tomatoes, but she'll take a good Amatriciana over a Carbonara any day. It's absolutely delicious and very easy to make!

Bucatini all'Amatriciana | Authentic Italian Pasta all'Amatriciana Recipe

Watch the Pasta Grammar video where we make Bucatini all'Amatriciana here:

Makes: 2 servings

Cook Time: 30 minutes

For this recipe, you will need:

  • 3.5 oz. (100g) guanciale (cured pork jowl)

  • 1/4 cup (60ml) white wine

  • Red chili pepper flakes to taste

  • 1 3/4 cup (400g) whole peeled tomatoes

  • Salt

  • 5.5 oz. (160g) bucatini or spaghetti

  • Grated pecorino cheese to taste

Put a large pot of water on to boil. As it comes up to temp, prepare the sauce.

Trim the outer skin of the guanciale and cut the meat into large chunks. Place these in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté for 5-6 minutes, or until the guanciale has released most of its fat into the pan.

Add the white wine and a pinch of red pepper flakes to taste. Lower the heat and bring to a simmer for about 2 minutes, or until the smell of alcohol has dissipated.

Crush the peeled tomatoes with a fork and add these into the pan, along with a pinch of salt. Bring to a simmer again and cook for 10-15 minutes while you boil the pasta.

When the water comes to a rolling boil, salt it generously and add the bucatini. Cook as directed, or until the pasta is al dente to your taste. Using tongs, transfer the pasta into the skillet and stir all together over medium heat.

Turn off the heat and stir in a generous grating of pecorino cheese. Serve immediately, topped with some extra grated cheese.

Buon appetito!

Want to compare Amatriciana to its big brother? Give our Classic Carbonara recipe a try! Looking for a Roman pasta off the beaten track? Pasta alla Zozzona is the one for you!


Jun 14

The food is so delicious. I always love Italian food. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe. I often enjoy this food while playing merge fruit.


Dec 27, 2021

Luckily, I live near the Italian street market in Philadelphia, so guanciale is easy for me to get. I'm having so much fun working through all you pasta recipes. Grazie!


Thomas Goss
Thomas Goss
Sep 22, 2021

I cooked this tonight, and it was SO FUN to make! I've made other recipes with guanciale, and this was the one in which the flavour was the most intense. The way the bucatini absorbed the sauce and then exploded the taste onto the tongue was amazing. This is my favourite recipe from Eva so far, the crowning jewel in an unbeaten series of triumphs. Brava Eva!


Ann McDaniel
Ann McDaniel
Sep 15, 2021

Now I'm hungry Again!!😲😵😋

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