This is my all time favorite pasta dish. Its simple and rustic. The flavors are deep and savory. I tweeked the recipe a bit by using fresh Thai chiles and by using cherry tomatoes. They add a lovely sweetness to the sauce.

This is my all time favorite pasta dish. Its simple and rustic. The flavors are deep and savory. A taste that your family will ask for over and over again.


4 tablespoons Olive Oil

1 large shallots-thinly sliced or 1 small yellow onion-chopped

4 strips bacon-chopped into 1” pieces -I like thick cut bacon for this recipe.

2 cloves garlic-Peeled and crushed

1/2 teaspoon  hot pepper ,I like  the heat of a fresh Thai Chile-chopped but dried red pepper flakes is perfect for this dish.

2  pints cherry tomatoes- sliced in half

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2  teaspoon pepper

1  teaspoon fresh parsley


1/2 lb. spaghetti or Cappellini


Fresh grated Parmesan or Romano cheese (or my favorite Locatelli.)


Boil water for pasta. Add 2 tablespoons of salt to the water.


In a medium frying pan on medium heat, heat the olive oil.

Add shallots or onion and cook for 5 minutes.

Add hot pepper (fresh or flakes) .

Add bacon, garlic and chile.

Cook for about 15 minutes stirring frequently.

Add chopped tomatoes, parsley, salt. Toss together.

As the tomatoes release their juices scrape any brown bits off the bottom of the pan.


Cook for  20-30 minutes on low heat.


Cook pasta.

Instead of draining pasta, use tongs and place the cooked pasta directly into sauce . Add a ladle of pasta water.Toss and cook for another minute. If you feel you need a little more cooking water just add more.


Serve Amatriciana over pasta.


Sprinkle with grated Parmesan, Romano cheese or my favorite Locotelli.


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