Recipe courtesy of Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos

Amatriciana Sauce

Amatriciana is a spicy red sauce named for the Italian town of Amatrice. "I love it-it has a nice porkiness," Gabriele says
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6
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1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving

1/4 pound guanciale or pancetta, diced

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

6 fresh basil leaves, torn

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1 pound bucatini or spaghetti, cooked until al dente

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley

Grated parmigiano-reggiano or aged pecorino cheese, for serving


  1. Puree the tomatoes to a smooth, creamy consistency in a food processor or with an immersion blender; set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. When hot, add the guanciale and saute 5 to 7 minutes, until golden brown.
  3. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and saute 1 minute. Add the pureed tomatoes, basil, and salt and pepper to taste. Reduce the heat to medium low and stir well. Cook, uncovered, 15 minutes, or until the sauce darkens and thickens. Toss with just-cooked pasta and serve with a sprinkling of parsley and cheese and a drizzle of olive oil.
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