Sunday, February 7, 2010

Spaghetti All'Amatriciana

It's budget time! I'm trying to go lean on the wallet lately so i'm back to ensuring that my meals cost less than $5 per person. And pastas and other carbohydrates tend to be a good way of doing it! I don't mind though because i adore pasta, and this is one of the simplest, cheapest and tastiest to make.

If i could change one thing in every kitchen around the world, i think it would be to destroy all pre-made pasta sauces. They're nasty, overly salted junk! And it's cheaper, and easier, not to mention tastier to make your own tomato bases.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 2 x cans diced tomatoes
  • 4 thick middle rashers bacon (around 250gm)
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 cup red wine 
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 medium brown onions
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 250gm pack spaghetti


Thinly slice the garlic and dice the onions.

Place the onions in a saucepan with the olive oil over medium heat and saute softened and just beginning to brown. 
Add the garlic an saute for a further 2 minutes. 

Add the red wine and boil off alcohol for 30 seconds.
Add the tomatoes, basil and chilli flakes
Cook at a simmer until the sauce is thickened. 
Slice the bacon into strips.

Place a seperate pan over medium heat with a touch of oil.
Add the bacon and cook until slightly crisp.
Add to the tomato sauce and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Prepare spaghetti as per packet's instructions.
Serve the drained spaghetti into 4 bowls; twist the spaghetti in the centre with a pair of tongs to neaten it slightly.

Ladle about 1 heaped ladle of sauce onto each bowl of pasta.
Serve with fresh basil or freshly grated pecorino.

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