Bucatini all’Amatriciana

Recipe Courtesy of Delish

Bucatini’s extra thickness gives it a better bite and holds up to a rich tomato sauce.


Bucatini is one of our top favorite pastas! It’s a long thin noodle just like spaghetti, but with hole through the middle. It’s extra thickness gives it a better bite and holds up to a rich tomato sauce. Bucatini all’Amatriciana is made with pancetta and adds extra saltiness and flavor to the otherwise classic tomato sauce. It doesn’t take hours to simmer, but still comes out to be one of the best pasta sauces we’ve ever had. Be sure to top with lots of Pecorino and basil! 


1 lb. bucatini

6 oz. pancetta, cut into 1/2″ pieces

1 small yellow onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

1 (28-oz.) can crushed tomatoes

1 tbsp. butter

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Freshly grated Pecorino, for garnish

Freshly chopped basil, for garnish

  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve ½ cup pasta water, then drain. 
  2. In another large pot, over medium heat, cook pancetta until crisp, 10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove pancetta from pot and reserve on a paper towel lined plate. Drain all but 2 tablespoon of grease from pot. Add onion to pot and cook until soft, 5 minutes. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more. Add crushed tomatoes and butter. Bring to a simmer and let cook for 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and more red pepper flakes as desired. 
  3. Add in cooked pasta, ¼ cup reserved pasta water, and pancetta and toss to combine. Add more pasta water as needed to loosen and bind the sauce to the pasta. 
  4. Serve topped with lots of Pecorino and fresh basil.