Pasta dishes

Spaghetti all’amatriciana

Spaghetti all’amatriciana is probably one of the most well know pasta dishes from one of the least known towns in Italy: Amatrice.

Amatrice is a quaint little town nestled in the mountains of the Gran Sasso National Park in Lazio (central Italy) but among the quiet and calm of the mountain plains there is a dangerous monster that lurks beneath…  The Laga fault line.

On the 24th August 2016, this fault line triggered a  powerful earthquake that devastated the town of Amatrice, killing hundreds and destroying most of the ancient monuments and buildings in the city.

Amatrice before and after the earthquake

After the earthquake, Italians rallied together to help rescue survivors and rebuild the wreckage  by creating charity pages and sharing their Amatriciana recipes online to raise awareness and money for the cause,  some restaurants in Italy even started donating money from every portion of Amarticiana that they served. So below you can find the recipe for making Spaghetti all’amatriciana and also a link to donate something to the cause if you wish:



  • Olive oil
  • Pancetta
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 peperoncino
  • Pecorino/parmesan cheese
  • 250g Bucatini/Spaghetti pasta




  1. Fill a pan with water and bring to the boil
  2. In a frying pan, fry the pancetta and the peperoncino with some olive oil
  3. Add the tomatoes and a splash of water and reduce the sauce for 10-15 minutes
  4. Once the water it boiling, add the pasta and boil for 7-8 minutes
  5. Once the pasta is al dente drain and add to the sauce – remember to keep some pasta water!
  6. Stir the sauce around the pasta and add a little pasta water to loosen the sauce.
  7. Serve with some pecorino/parmesan sprinkled on top.


And there you have it: Spaghetti all’amatriciana 


Work that hob and Walk unafraid people!

-H   Xx


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