Recipe Party: Pasta All’Amatriciana

Recipe Party

Are you ready for some new recipes today?  Hope you got some of your favorites together to share with everyone.  I am looking forward to gathering some new ideas for meal planning.  Time to add to the list and break out of the meal routine rut!

I think I had this when I was in Italy about 20 years ago and our local favorite Italian restaurant here in Birmingham also makes a version of this and I just love it.  The boldness of pancetta (Italian bacon) makes this dish really flavorful and good.  I use my mama’s canned tomatoes, but you can use whatever you have on hand, but this is an easy and delish dish!

    Pasta All’Amatriciana

4 oz. thick sliced pancetta (Boars Head make pancetta & I only got 1/4 lb)

1 TBL olive oil

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/4 to 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

1 can (28 oz.) whole tomatoes

1/2 tsp. salt

1 lb. rigatoni or spaghetti, cooked

Freshly grated Parmesan cheese (or Pecorino-Romano)

Heat oil in skillet over medium heat, add pancetta and cook until beginning to brown, 4 to 5 min.  Add onion and pepper flakes, cook, stirring, until very tender, 5 min. more.  Add tomatoes and salt, cook, breaking up tomatoes, until sauce is thick, 20 min. more.  Toss with cooked pasta, serve with cheese.

Really, pancetta is so flavorful (so you don’t  need a lot, only got 1/4 lb. from the Boars Head deli counter) with the onions and this is tasty and delish! I think if you are a pasta lover, you will really enjoy this.  And it’s fast and easy!

So, add your post link onto Mr. Linky and let’s get the Recipe Exchange party started!

Here’s what you do:

Have your post ready and link the recipe post URL here on Mr. Linky AND be sure to add a link back to THIS post, so that everyone can come to the party. You can add my button (with link) on your post or a link, either way is fine.

- Rhoda


  1. My husband loves pancetta so I will give this a try! Thanks for having the party!

  2. Thanks so much for having the party. I’m looking forward to trying lots of new recipes – your pasta sounds yummy!

  3. Delish… had it for dinner recently myself!

  4. I am looking to find new recipes to try. I love cookbooks and this is better than a cookbook! You get to hear the stories behind the recipes.

  5. Sounds wonderful, Rhoda!

  6. This is one of my favorite pasta recipies cause it is a lil bit spicy! I have transitioned the sauce into my basic red sauce and add a smidge more pepper and a spash of red wine vinegar!

    I will be linking up a recipe! Thanks for the party!

  7. Rhoda, thank you for hosting our Recipe Party. Your pasta sauce sounds delicious, and I’m definitely going to try it — maybe this weekend!



  8. Been looking forward to the party all week. Can’t wait to get some new recipes! Thanks for hosting.

  9. Rhoda – I like to think I’m open to try new foods, but boar’s head? Please don’t tell me this is a head off an animal? I might have to pass on this one so please let me know because you always have great things and I’m excited to see all the other recipes. Have a great day – should be fun checking to see how many recipes get posted.

  10. yum…i have been wanting to try a recipe with pancetta. this one looks so good! and easy! thanks so much for this party. i really look forward to getting some wonderful recipes.

  11. Oohhhh, that looks gooood! 🙂 We love Italian food here. Thanks for sharing your recipe, and for hosting! I’ve been missing your parties. 🙂

  12. Yum! Your sauce looks delicious.

  13. Rhoda, thanks so much for hosting this recipe party. I’m anxious to explore all the good fall receipes that are listed. Love your blog and your true southern hospitality!!!

  14. Can’t wait to find some yummy new recipes! Thanks for having the party!

  15. Hey Rhoda!

    I just enjoyed the most delish Pasta alla Amatriciana at Landmarc in NYC a few weeks ago & fell in love with the dish! Thanks SO much for posting your own recipe… I can’t wait to try it 🙂

    I linked to a favorite Italian-inspired recipe of my own, Panko-Crusted Fish with Tomato-Basil Bruschetta – Y.U.M.




  16. This sounds easy but deeelicious. I may need to make it– very soon.

  17. oh, I am certainly an Italian lover…yum…not linking up because they are all Tasty Tuesday recipes. Didn’t think that was good…but so fun to see everyone’s ideas. 🙂

  18. Awesome idea…always love new recipes…thanks for hosting the party…I’m having a great time!


  19. Your sauce looks great! Our recipes had a lot of the same ingredients!! Thanks so much for hosting the recipe party!

  20. Oh this sounds divine. I love pancetta! I will definitely be trying this recipe and serving it over Angel Hair pasta as my hubby prefers this type pasta over the thicker pastas. I aim to please! Thank you for sharing the recipe and hosting this party. What fun it is going to be to add new recipes to the keeper file.

  21. oh what a great idea!! time to get out my pen & paper!!!

    Thanks so much Rhoda!!


  22. I love new recipes…thanks! It seems like I’ve been making the same things over and over…hate when that happens.


  23. I’m loving the pasta recipe, and it looks easy. Can’t wait to peruse all the other yummy recipes.

  24. Terry, you are cracking me up this a.m.! Boars Head is a deli brand of meats. We have them at our local Publix and to me, they are the BEST deli meats around. They have pancetta & I only got 1/4 lb (it’s about $11 or 12 a lb.) and it is so flavorful that it was plenty for this dish. I added in my mom’s quart jar of tomatoes. The pancetta & onions together are amazing.

  25. Oh my goodness! I’m going to be here ALL DAY reading these recipes!


  26. Oh yum, that sounds delicious! We love pasta at our house, and it is even better when it is quick and easy. Can’t wait to check out all the other recipes being shared!

  27. Fabulous party Rhoda! Thank you so much for hosting. Your recipe sounds great. We love Italian around here, so I can’t wait to try it!


  28. I love Italian food and your recipe looks delicious!!

  29. Well that sounds fantastic Rhoda….and I so agree about the Boars Head….they really are the best !!!

    We are in for a very rainy day on sat….so I know I will be sitting down and reading all the wonderful recipes….I need me some new ones….I am sure I am like most making the same old same old again and again….

    Love this post….
    Kathy 🙂

  30. I found you today while blurfing, I just did my first recipe post, but I am not a measuring kind of cook, and I do use “convenience” foods alot since I work and no one else in my house seems to know how to turn on an appliance, but I still turn out “homemade” dinners 6 days a week with the family and a few extras for dinner together. That is the important part right? I am going to go click on a few of your links and look for more great ideas for dinner time duldrum breakers. Thank you for having this post. Karyn

  31. I can’t wait to check out everyone’s recipes! This was a great idea. Mine is the Veggie Stuffed Pizza. My kids love it!!!

  32. Love recipe swaps especially when the word easy is involved. I’ll be back to check out some recipes and hopefully post one too!

  33. Great party Rhoda ! I better post my Potato & Corn Chowder pronto. I’ve got to link up !


  34. I was searching for some burlap projects and found your burlap party and that beautiful cabinet you decorated with burlap. I featured them (along with some other projects) at

  35. This is exactly the type of dinner that I like to make. I have a few jars of home canned tomatoes from the summer. One of them will be used for this recipe.

  36. love your site! I also love good food. thanks for the recipes.

  37. Great idea Rhoda, I can’t wait to get some new recipes!

  38. Hi Rhoda,
    I have a fetish for collecting recipes and I can’t wait to see what everyone has shared as their favorites. I have clipped & saved recipes for far too long and I just love buying new cookbooks. This was one fab party idea and your pasta dish sounds yummy. TFS! Sheila

  39. Rhoda thanks so much for posting this recipe. I made it tonight for my Italian husband and it was a huge hit. I changed it up just a wee bit with a whole Vidalia chopped onion, a sprinkle or two of oregano and multi grain penne. It came out so good and made a big impression in this house. This will become a favorite recipe now. Thanks again. RJ

  40. Your recipe looks delish… I think I will make it a goal to work my way through everyone listed and make a new recipe a week for what would work with my families taste.

    I kind of went simple with my two recipes but I think it still works the spirit of your party!!!

    Hope you are having a great week.

  41. I love this dish and never got the recipe! Thanks, I will try it very soon-have to get wine and bread first!

  42. I just discovered this Recipe Party about 5 minutes ago. I am a little late in the game, but what a great idea. I look forward to checking out the other recipes.

  43. Thank you ALL for joining in the recipe party! I have found several I’m going to try very soon and I hope you did too. Always great to share recipes with each other, I think we too often get stuck in a rut with meal planning.

    I’m trying to get around to all of you for a visit! 🙂

  44. Just saw you were having this recipe party and thought I’d jump on a little late! Thanks for hosting…

  45. That was a fabulous recipes, i would for sure wanna give it a try and would also invite my friends, thank you for sharing such wonderful recipes.


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