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.
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.)