Spaghetti All'amatriciana (Spaghetti with a Spicy Tomato Sauce)

  • Preparation 15 MIN
    Cooking 20 MIN
  • Servings 4



  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain and oil lightly. Set aside 125 ml (1/2 cup) of the cooking water.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, brown the onions and prosciutto in the oil. Add the garlic and pepper flakes and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the pasta and parsley and toss to combine. Add a little of the cooking water if needed. Season with salt and pepper. Pour into a serving dish and garnish with cheese.


Speck is similar to prosciutto, as it is an Italian ham, but it is smoked. Prosciutto that we buy here is usually raw and salted, while in Italy there is a distinction between prosciutto crudo, raw, and prosciutto cotto, cooked. If you find it whole, have it cut into ½-cm (¼-inch) thick slices, then cut it into small pieces. Otherwise, look for a good Italian prosciutto. Guanciale is made from pork cheek, salted and dried. You can find it in Italian grocery stores.

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