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Amatriciana with Linguine

Amatriciana with Linguine | Simple Spaghetti Recipe | Easy Pasta Dishes | Food Made Simple | Simple Pasta Dinner

This is a guest post from Sammi of Grounded & Surrounded

We don’t eat pasta dishes often in our home. However, when we do we make this delicious recipe! Amatriciana was lovingly written into my recipe book years ago. I love the simplicity of the ingredients and the ease of preparation. Let’s not forgot the incredible flavor!

Amatriciana is a fancy word for a pasta sauce made with tomatoes, bacon (or an authentic Italian cured pork), and red pepper flakes. We serve ours with linguine pasta, but use whatever you have on hand. Spaghetti noodles work well too!

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If you are needing a new way to eat “spaghetti”, this may be it! The bacon and red pepper flakes are the perfect combination for a savory sauce with a little kick.

Amatriciana with Linguine | Simple Spaghetti Recipe | Easy Pasta Dishes | Food Made Simple | Simple Pasta Dinner

Here is what you need:

12 oz bacon
1/2 large onion, diced
1/2 tsp garlic powder or 2 fresh cloves, minced
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
2-14.5oz cans stewed tomatoes, un-drained
1 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped (about 5 leaves)
16 oz box linguine pasta
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt

Amatriciana with Linguine | Simple Spaghetti Recipe | Easy Pasta Dishes | Food Made Simple | Simple Pasta Dinner

Step 1: Heat a large saute pan on the stove over med-high heat. Dice bacon strips into bite-sized pieces. Fry bacon until crispy.

Amatriciana with Linguine | Simple Spaghetti Recipe | Easy Pasta Dishes | Food Made Simple | Simple Pasta Dinner

Step 2: On a small cutting board, dice onion into small pieces.

Amatriciana with Linguine | Simple Spaghetti Recipe | Easy Pasta Dishes | Food Made Simple | Simple Pasta Dinner

Step 3: Start heating a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta.

Amatriciana with Linguine | Simple Spaghetti Recipe | Easy Pasta Dishes | Food Made Simple | Simple Pasta Dinner

Step 4: Add diced onions and red pepper flakes to the pan of cooked bacon (and the grease). Saute for 2-3 minutes or until onions are translucent.

Amatriciana with Linguine | Simple Spaghetti Recipe | Easy Pasta Dishes | Food Made Simple | Simple Pasta Dinner

Step 5: On a small cutting board, finely dice fresh basil leaves as the onions saute.

Amatriciana with Linguine | Simple Spaghetti Recipe | Easy Pasta Dishes | Food Made Simple | Simple Pasta Dinner

Step 6: Add 16 oz of linguine pasta to the boiling water. Cook until just shy of al dente. Boil the linguine noodles for 9 minutes, though the box says 11-13 minutes for fully cooked pasta. The noodles will finish cooking in the pasta sauce.

Amatriciana with Linguine | Simple Spaghetti Recipe | Easy Pasta Dishes | Food Made Simple | Simple Pasta Dinner

Step 7: To the pan of bacon and onions, add the garlic, stewed tomatoes, basil, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer for 5 minutes while breaking up the tomatoes . The sauce will begin to thicken.

Amatriciana with Linguine | Simple Spaghetti Recipe | Easy Pasta Dishes | Food Made Simple | Simple Pasta Dinner

Step 8: With a pasta fork, add the not quite al dente pasta to the pan of red sauce. Stir the pasta and sauce together over low-medium heat for 2-3 more minutes.

Amatriciana with Linguine | Simple Spaghetti Recipe | Easy Pasta Dishes | Food Made Simple | Simple Pasta Dinner

 

Step 9: Remove the pasta and sauce mixture from heat. Serve topped with additional chopped basil and Parmesan cheese.

 

Recipe Notes: Boil your entire package of noodles (16oz) and save 1/4 (4oz) of cooked noodles in the fridge for later.

 

Sammi Ricke likes to keep things simple, delicious, and nutritious in her kitchen. She enjoys the challenge of finding unique ways to incorporate “just one more whole food” into every meal while leaving just enough room for life’s essentials: chocolate and peanut butter. If you are looking for “healthified” versions of your family’s favorite meals be sure to visit Sammi’s Grounded & Surrounded Blog. You can also find her on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook.

Amatriciana with Linguine | Simple Spaghetti Recipe | Easy Pasta Dishes | Food Made Simple | Simple Pasta Dinner

14 Comments

  1. August 9 at 08:59AM

    Yum! There is nothing better than homemade pasta sauce!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

    • August 10 at 10:07AM

      Agreed! I hope you enjoy this dinner, Paige!

  2. August 9 at 10:58AM

    Bacon and spicy red pepper flakes are essentially our love language in this house, so this is something I can’t wait to try out!

    http://aneducationindomestication.com

    • August 10 at 10:08AM

      Well this recipe is sure to be a hit in your house, Stephanie! Enjoy!

  3. August 9 at 11:42AM

    This looks delicious! Definitely going to try this recipe (minus the bacon).

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    • August 10 at 10:10AM

      Let me know how it turns out, Kristie! I have not tried it without the bacon, whether it be the pork or turkey variety. Blessings!

  4. August 9 at 01:01PM

    Yum! Bacon AND pasta? Will be trying this out!

    • August 10 at 10:11AM

      Yes! Bacon and pasta! Isn’t it divine?! I hope you enjoy this meal, Maria.

  5. August 9 at 02:11PM

    I love how fancy this looks, without being too crazy or time-consuming to make. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • August 10 at 10:12AM

      You are exactly right, Deb! This meal is super easy to prepare, but looks and tastes like you spent hours slaving away over the delicious sauce.

  6. August 11 at 12:02AM

    What an awesome twist on a family favorite. I like the idea of adding bacon to your pasta!

    • August 14 at 11:28PM

      Isn’t that fun, Sarah?! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

  7. August 11 at 08:24AM

    This looks delicious! I needed an easy recipe for some leftover bacon and this is it. Thanks

    • August 14 at 11:30PM

      Woohoo! This recipe was made for you, Daisy. Enjoy!

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