Spaghetti all'Amatriciana

Spaghetti all'Amatriciana

Spaghetti with bacon, tomatoes, and chili pepper.

Amatriciana sauce hails from «Amatrice», a small town not far from Rome.

2 servings
Preparation 10 min
Cooking 15 min

380 calories per serving 


1 slice bacon, or pancetta , chopped   20 g
1/2 onions, thinly sliced   100 g
1/3 dried chili peppers, minced   0.1 g
9 tbsp canned tomatoes, low sodium   140 g
2 tsp olive oil   10 mL
160 g spaghetti    
2 tbsp pasta cooking water   30 mL
2 tbsp Romano cheese, grated   6 g
1 pinch salt [optional]   0.1 g
  ground pepper to taste    
  paper towels    

Before you start

Keep the serving dishes in the oven at the lowest setting so they are warm when you serve.

Put a colander in the sink to drain the cooked pasta so that it will be ready when needed.


  1. Chop the bacon and sauté the pieces in a nonstick pan over medium heat until they are crispy, then drain them on a paper towel.
  2. Finely slice the onion, mince the chili pepper and add them to the pan. Add the oil and cook over medium heat about 5 min until the onion is soft and translucent. Add the bacon.
  3. To save time, the rest of the sauce preparation and pasta cooking can be done at the same time. Cook the pasta.
  4. Meanwhile, add the diced tomatoes to the pan, bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, cover, and cook about 10 min (same amount of time as the spaghetti).
  5. Drain the spaghetti, reserving the required amount of pasta cooking water. Pour the spaghetti into the pan, add the reserved cooking water, sprinkle with grated Romano and mix well. Serve in the warmed dishes.


This sauce can be made up to 7 days ahead, refrigerated, then reheated while you cook the pasta.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (320g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




7 g

10 %

Saturated 1.5 g
+ Trans 0 g

8 %


5 mg


320 mg

13 %


67 g

22 %


4 g

18 %


4 g


13 g

Vitamin A

15 %

Vitamin C

15 %


6 %


10 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: 1 serving
Grain Products: servings
Milk and Alternatives: 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives: 0 serving

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Free :
Added Sugar, Trans Fat
Low :
Cholesterol, Saturated Fat
Source of :
Calcium, Copper, Folacin, Iron, Pantothenic Acid, Potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E
Good source of :
Fibre, Magnesium, Niacin, Phosphorus, Zinc
Excellent source of :
Manganese, Selenium
Diet-related health claims :

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This recipe is in the following categories: Pasta | Tomatoes | Main courses/Entrées | Heart-healthy | High Fibre | Low Cholesterol | Low Saturated Fat | Italian

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