Welcome to your new favorite tomato sauce. Now that I finally remembered to take pictures, I have a new recipe for y’all! This is a slightly personalized version of a classic amatriciana, aka hearty pasta deliciousness.
- 1lb. (1 box) fettucine (the wide noodles are ideal for the sauce, but you could use any noodle if you feel strongly. Except angel hair because that’s objectively the worst pasta shape.)
- 5oz. pancetta
- 1.5–2 cups finely diced onion (recommend white or yellow onion)
- 5–8 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 28oz. can crushed tomatoes
- Olive oil
- Salt, pepper, and red chili pepper flakes
- At least 1/2 cup fresh-grated Romano cheese
- At least 3/4 cup fresh-grated Parmesan cheese
- Chop onion.
- Cook pancetta in olive oil (~2tbsp. should be plenty). Note that this can get smoky, so use an above-stove fan if you have it!
- Drain some of the oil out of the pancetta (don’t drain it all! You’ll want it to meld the flavors for the next step).
- Move into a large saucepan, and add the onion, garlic, and spices (you may want to add a little more olive oil here as well). Pro tip: The amount of spices you use is a matter of taste, but I recommend not skimping on the red chili pepper flakes; they bring a needed complexity and a hint of heat to the final sauce.
- Cook until onions are translucent, then add crushed tomatoes.
- In a large pot, start boiling water for pasta.
- Simmer the sauce for 20ish minutes, stirring occasionally (if you neglect the stirring, it will bubble and get tomato all around your stove area…)
- Once water is boiling, cook the pasta.
- Drain the pasta, but reserve a small amount of pasta water. This is for adding into your sauce to help it stick to the pasta. We usually use just a splash, sometimes up to 1/4 cup if the sauce is runny.
- Take the sauce off the heat and mix in about 1/4 cup of cheese, then stir in the pasta. (The extra cheese is to top it off.)
- Serve and enjoy!
Costs about $10, makes 4–5 servings.
Note that this recipe goes exceptionally well with a slice of fresh sourdough! This is a pretty straightforward recipe, and doesn’t take too long. My significant other and I love cooking it together, but it’s also simple enough that one could totally handle it solo.
What other recipes would you like to see? Let me know in a comment below or on Twitter @ohgrowup! Thanks for reading, and happy adulting!