Pasta Sfoglia by Ron and Colleen Suhanosky, includes recipes like Fresh Egg Pasta; Triangoloni, ricotta, amaretti, radicchio, balsamic; and Bucatini all'amatriciana.
The Italians would say that the true name for this dish should be bucatini all 'Amatrice, after the town of its origin, Amatrice, which is northeast of Rome. As the recipe traveled farther away from the town, it took the name by which most people recognize it now, bucatini all 'Amatriciana.
Whatever it's called, I'm devoted to its combination of flavors—tangy tomato sauce that is given heft with the addition of the salty, peppery guanciale. It makes me very happy to be able to re-create a sauce that tastes just like my memories of eating it in Italy.
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the grape seed oil and guanciale to a 10-inch skillet. Turn on the heat to medium high. Cook until the guanciale has rendered its fat and is crispy and deep gold, about 6 to 8 minutes. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the fat.
2. Return the skillet to medium-high heat. Add the onion and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring occasionally so that the onions cook evenly, until the onions are translucent and tender, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the vinegar.
3. Add the bucatini to the boiling water and cook according to the package directions.
4. Use your hands to squeeze and break up the tomatoes directly into tile skillet. Stir in the salt and black pepper.
5. Use a wire-mesh skimmer or tongs to remove the bucatini from the pot and place them directly into the skillet with the sauce. Stir to combine.
6. Serve immediately with grated pecorino Romano, if desired.
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