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Alicia here with my last Italian recipe for you all. I'm kind of sad Italy is over because I love the food so much. But I have had a good time making these foods and sharing the recipes with you. I am a bit bummed I didn't get to make pizza, but I probably still will and share it with you. My Basil plant is begging for it.
But for today I have a seriously good recipe, especially if you like a little heat. Amatriciana can poorly be described as spicy spaghetti, but it's much more. Wow your friends and family with this delicious dish.
Amatriciana is a sauce with cured pork (like pancetta), pecorino, tomatoes, onions, and peppers. Not bell peppers but chili and black pepper.
This sauce has more depth than your regular marinara because of the addition of the pork and more bite because of the pepper. But the flavors marry so well together, each bite is divine. Slightly creamy because of the addition of cheese, the sauce sticks well to the noodles.
Most recipes I found used bucatini, but spaghetti can be substituted. My brother hates bucatini because it is not easy to slurp (it is hollow in the center, like a really long macaroni noodle).
I admit that I didn't have Pecorino, so I used my fresh Parmesan. Sorry Italy. I also didn't have pancetta so I used unsmoked bacon (it is the same cut of meat). But despite all these substitutions, it was still very delicious. My son and husband loved it! I did too! And I thought it was even better the next day as left-overs. (I think it's important to know what makes good leftovers.)
Try this delicious recipe out please. It's a great alternative to your boring old spaghetti and marinara (which I actually also love). Oh and the spice is barely there, it will not cause you to breath flames. It's not more spicy than a breakfast sausage. So don't let that deter you from trying it out!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!