Linguine Amatriciana (Pasta with Bacon and Tomato Sauce)

This recipe is another one of our regulars, it’s very quick and easy – it’s ready in the time it takes for the water to boil and the pasta to cook – and it tastes really fresh. This is our take on an Amatriciana sauce, but using fresh tomatoes instead of tinned.

Ingredients

  • Dried linguine or any other pasta you fancy
  • 1 small red onion, sliced
  • 2 rashers of streaky bacon, cut into small strips
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 300g cherry tomatoes, halved/quartered
  • Dried chilli flakes
  • Fresh basil
Italian essentials - magical ingredients, and so fresh!
Italian essentials – magical ingredients, and so fresh!

Bring a pan of water to a rolling boil. While this is happening sliced the onion and bacon and fry in a large saucepan over a low-medium heat with a tiny bit of olive oil. Once the water is at a rolling boil put in a pinch of salt and add the pasta. Add about 200g of the halved cherry tomatoes to the pan with the garlic and however much chilli you fancy – we used around 1 tsp. The remainder of the tomatoes will go in right at the end to give a lovely fresh burst of flavour. Take a spoonful of the pasta water and add it to the sauce to help the tomatoes squash down and get all saucy and delicious!

Bacon in Pan

Amatriciana sauce

Once the pasta is almost cooked chuck in the rest of the cherry tomatoes and most of the basil leaves finely chopped, and then add the drained pasta to the sauce so that it really coats it. Serve this with the rest of the basil leaves on top and then add parmesan if you wish (we do, of there is ever an option to add parmesan to something we’ll take it!).

Mix it up proper - the pasta water will help the sauce go silky smooth
Mix it up proper – the pasta water will help the sauce go silky smooth

This recipe is perfect for a work night, as it’s so quick and simple, and tastes so fresh.  For added refreshment, serve with a cold glass of white wine if you have some lying around.

Stop the clock! About 12 minutes?
Stop the clock! About 12 minutes?
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