Enzo's Spaghetti all'Amatriciana
My husband grew up not far from Rome, and this is his version of the famous Roman dish "Amatriciana". It calls for guanciale (cured pork jowl), which can be difficult to find here in the states. While some recipes call for pancetta or bacon to be used in its place, we've found that salt pork is a great alternative as well (see Cook's Note).
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You can substitute salted pork for the guanciale, but make sure you pick salted pork that is more "meaty" than fatty. Cut away and discard the rind end of the salted pork. Since salted pork is very salty don't salt the pasta water and don't add any salt to the sauce.
Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of rendered fat from cooking the guanciale. The actual amount of fat consumed will vary.