Spaghetti All’Amatriciana

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Italian Comfort Food

By The Editors of Saveur

Published 2015

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A classic created in the town of Amatrice, in the mountainous area of Lazio, this dish, with its flavorful tomato sauce, has been popular for centuries. Its distinctive ingredients include Pecorino Romano and guanciale (cured pork cheek), for which bacon can be substituted.


  • 12 oz. guanciale or thick-cut bacon, cut crosswise into ¼″ strips
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter


  1. Cook guanciale in a 6-qt. saucepan over medium heat until crisp, about 15 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer guanciale to paper towels to drain; set aside. Add butter, carrots, onion, and salt to pan and cook, stirring, until soft, about 6 minutes. Add half of garlic, the r