Cherry Tomato Spaghetti all'Amatriciana

September 2008
Cherry Tomato Spaghetti all'Amatriciana

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Send summer off with the season's best produce and a great grilled supper.

Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 20 mins

  • Salt
  • 1 pound regular or thick spaghetti
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1/4 pound chunk pancetta, cut into small pieces
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 2 pints small cherry tomatoes
  • 2/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley (a couple generous handfuls)
  • Pepper
  • 1 cup basil leaves, torn or chopped
  • 2/3 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese (a couple generous handfuls)
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of pasta cooking water.
  2. While the pasta is working, in a large skillet, heat the EVOO, 3 turns of the pan, over medium to medium-high heat. Add the pancetta and cook until crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the red onion, garlic and crushed red pepper and cook until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the wine and cook for 1 minute, then add the tomatoes, parsley and a generous amount of salt and pepper. Cook until the tomatoes burst, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in the reserved pasta cooking water and then the pasta, tossing to coat. Turn off the heat, add the basil and cheese and serve.
  • Pertinace Dolcetto d'Alba 2007 (Italy), Dominio del Plata Crios de Susana Balbo Malbec 2007 (Argentina)