Spaghetti Amatriciana


lastnight i made Spaghetti Amatriciana, spaghetti in a tomato sauce with pancetta (or bacon).

here’s how i made it:

you will need:

1 small fresh red chilli

200g pancetta or bacon (cut into cubes)

1 onion

4-5 garlic gloves

1 dash olive oil

800g tinned tomatoes

400g spaghetti

freshly ground black pepper



Cut the chilli in half (lengthways) and scoop out the seeds and pith. cut into small cubes. Wash your hands afterwards! Cut the onion up into very small cubes.

Put the olive oil into a heavy-based saucepan. Add the pancetta or bacon and cook over for three mins – until a pale pink. Use a wooden spoon to stir so it cooks evenly.

Lower the heat, add the onions and garlic and cook very gently for ten mins, stirring every now and then – you want to cook the onions until they are very soft.


Add the tinned tomatoes and chilli. Put the lid on and leave over a gentle heat for 40-50 mins, stirring every ten mins. Add a little more water if the sauce starts to stick to the pan. The sauce will become thick and deep red in colour as it cooks.


When your sauce is nearly ready, bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the spaghetti. drain the pasta and put back in the pan.


Taste the sauce and add freshly ground black pepper, ladle over the pasta and mix together. Serve immediately.


I did not make this dish up myself, it is from the silver spoon for kids book. i have made a few changes (more sauce, garlic and more bacon or pancetta.)


Hope you liked this recipe,






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