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Old 09-19-2005, 09:47 PM   #1
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Quick, easy and tasty pasta idea from Rome!

It is called Bucattini Amatriciana, one of the very typical pasta dishes Roma style. You can also substitute bucattini (sort of a long macaroni, or spaghetti with a hole in the middle) with regular spaghetti. It is very simple to prepare and absolutely delicious!!

for 2 people
about 50gs/2oz of bacon, crispily cooked and crumbled
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped or minced
1/2 onion, finely chopped or minced
extra virgine olive oil
5 ripe tomatoes, diced (if prefered, peeled) or 1 tin of peeled tomatoes(mush them up in small pieces)
salt
black pepper, or if you like it spicy, red crushed pepper
160g-200g/6-7oz of dry pasta (bucattini or spaghetti)
freshly grated parmigiano, or if available, aged pecorino romano

In a skillet sautè onion and garlic in a sufficient amount of olive oil. When they are well cooked, add the crumbled bacon and tomatoes, season with salt and pepper (or red peper). Bring to boil and cook for several minutes until the flavours are well blended and some of the extra liquid is evaporated.
Meanwhile cook the pasta al dente, and drain
Toss the tomato mixture together with the pasta, serve with plenty of freshly grated cheese.
Buon Appetito!!

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Old 09-19-2005, 09:50 PM   #2
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This is just the kind of thing I would love! Thank you!
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Old 09-19-2005, 10:36 PM   #3
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Ciao Maniac mio amico,
We make fresh pasta so this recipe should go down really well.

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Old 09-20-2005, 01:20 AM   #4
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Paul and I would both love this.
I'm going to cut and paste it for the next time
we're in the mood for some pasta.

Thanks!!
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Old 09-20-2005, 05:33 AM   #5
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Ciao Maniac mio amico,
We make fresh pasta so this recipe should go down really well.

grazie
Hey Brooksy nice going with Italian!! Bravo!! However since I am a girl, it would be "mia amica" instead of "mio amico", which would be used for boys...
Anyway Amatriciana would taste even better with fresh pasta!! If bucattini is too complicated to create, just make tagliatelle, that will work just fine!!
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Old 09-20-2005, 10:01 AM   #6
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I was a little suprised your recipe called for bacon and not pancetta or prosciutto, but then I realized you are an American living in Rome. My parents came from Casalvieri
which is just south of Rome.
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I was a little suprised your recipe called for bacon and not pancetta or prosciutto, but then I realized you are an American living in Rome. My parents came from Casalvieri
which is just south of Rome.
I know, here I use pancetta affumicata, and some hardcore folks also use guanciale... but bacon is the closest thing you can get in normal shops outside Italy, thus I made this substitution, but you are absolutely right!!
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Old 09-20-2005, 06:03 PM   #8
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Thank you for altering your recipe to something that is do-able for those of us who don't have access to many imported gourmet items.
While nothing can replace Italy's wonder pancettas, we have some mighty fine bacon available here in the southern Midwest. Certainly it won't taste the same, but it will be awfully good!
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Definitely, this one is a cut/paste onto the HDD and my "to make" list! Thanks!
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Made this for lunch...(with just a few changes)...loved it! Different and good!
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