Bacon, Chili and Pecorino Spaghetti (Pasta Alla Gricia)

  • Preparation 20 MIN
    Cooking 20 MIN
  • Servings 4



  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the spaghetti until al dente. Set aside 1 cup (250 ml) of the cooking water. Drain and lightly oil the pasta.
  2. In a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, brown the bacon in the oil. Season with pepper. Add the garlic and pepper flakes. Cook for 2 minutes. Deglaze with the wine and let reduce for 1 minute.
  3. Add the spaghetti, cheese and half of the reserved cooking water. Stir and cook over low heat for 1 minute or until the sauce thickens and sticks to the pasta. Adjust the seasoning. Add more cooking water, if needed. Serve immediately.


Pasta alla gricia is a traditional dish from the Lazio region of Italy. It is typically made with guanciale (cheek bacon) and pecorino cheese, but we’re proposing a version with products that are more easily found in our grocery stores: bacon and Parmesan cheese.

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Nutrition Facts

For 1 serving

Content % Daily Value
Calories 740  
Total Fat 33 g  
Saturated Fat 12 g  
Sodium (salt) 890 mg  
Carbohydrates 72 g  
Fibre 3 g  
Protein 31 g