This classic Roman pasta dish is quick and easy to make with few ingredients. Traditionally, guanciale is used, but I prefer pancetta.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes.

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  • Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and cook onion until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add pancetta and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in passata, water, and sugar; cook until sauce has thickened, 10 to 15 minutes

  • Drain spaghetti and toss with sauce, remaining olive oil, Parmesan cheese, and red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts

662 calories; protein 24g; carbohydrates 97.2g; fat 19.7g; cholesterol 19.8mg; sodium 615.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (5)

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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2019
loved this simple easy and great taste Read More
8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2019
loved this simple easy and great taste Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2018
Can t go wrong with a classic. Grazie Aldo Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2018
No changes and my daughter loved it also Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2018
I was staring in the fridge wondering what to make for dinner and these ingredients were all available. Dinner was ready and being served in less than 30 mins!! Enjoyed the taste and the look of it - would make this for a dinner party! I used diced tomatoes instead of the crushed - a little more juice than it probably called for so I just cooked it a little longer. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
12/01/2020
I made this without the pancetta, which might have ruined the whole point, but I just thought this was a little bland. I think that maybe people might say I'm being to picky since I didn't even use one of the ingredients, but I feel that a recipe that tastes utterly bland with just one ingredient missing isn't great. It was simple though so I'm giving it 3 stars. Read More
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