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Christoph's™ Amatriciana Sauce

Yield: About 3-1/2 Cups – Serves 4 to 5 | Serving Size: Pasta 3.5 oz. – Sauce 2.8 oz. Cup



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       I can never get enough of Italian. And, a well prepared Amatriciana sauce can be used with almost any pasta shape. Often, I use it as the base of my pizza sauce. Oh, my!

        On another note, and after four years of deliberation, hemming and hawing, I finally decided to purchase the Marcato 150 pasta making machine with motor. I have made homemade pasta on many occasions, but thought that it would go faster with the various attachments. One of my favorite styles is Tagliatelle. I cut it short for soups and leave it long for everything else.

        The world of fresh pasta is in another dimension. Even the best quality dry pasta cannot compare in flavor and texture. Get with the program. Hand make fresh pasta.



  • 2 tblsp. olive oil
  • 2 tblsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion (40 oz.) – fine/medium chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove – 5+ gr. (0.20 oz.) – thinly sliced
  • 4 to 6 oz. of thinly sliced guanciale or pancetta
  • 2 tblsp. olive oil
  • 2 tblsp. unsalted butter
  • 28 oz. can of whole, peeled tomatoes
    • San Marzano tomatoes – DOP1, 2 or
    • Hunt's – Crushed with Basil3
  • 1 tblsp. tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. to 1 tsp. dry, crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. dry, chopped basil or freshly, chopped4
  • 1/8 cup red wine - cabernet sauvignon5
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano or Pecorino cheese
  • 3.5 oz. uncooked pasta, per serving


1 Preferably authentic, Italian DOP tomatoes.

2 Brand for this recipe: Alessi – Pomodoro Pelati. Any high quality plum tomatoes can be used.

3 Brand: Hunt's – Crushed with Basil

4 Fresh Basil, chopped – 2 tsp.

5 A red wine of your choosing. I select a Cabernet Sauvignon.



Use a pasta shape of your choice. I use Bigoli, Bucatini or thick Spaghetti.


Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or Pecorino Romano cheese, if desired.



  • Starting with a cold, large pan, over medium heat, sauté fine/medium chopped onion in olive oil until translucent;
  • Add finely sliced garlic cloves; stir and cook until aroma is released;
  • Add guanciale or pancetta, crushed red pepper flakes and slightly brown;
  • Add fine/medium crushed tomatoes – there should be some medium chunks;
  • Add tomato paste and hand blend into the sauce;
  • Add salt and ground black pepper to taste;
  • Add wine, constantly stir and bring to boil;
  • When tomato sauce begins to bubble, reduce heat to a lazy simmer;
  • Cook uncovered and reduce to desired flavor intensity and thickness ꟷ approximately 20 to 30 minutes1 ꟷ while stirring from time to time;
  • Add salt and pepper, if needed, to desired taste.
  • Add crushed red pepper flakes, as desired.

1 Amatriciana sauce does not require long term cooking, unlike other deeper and richer sauces.

Marinara Sauce 01

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Serving & Portion Size

  • Per Serving – Pasta: 3.5 oz.
  • Per Serving – Sauce: 6 oz. (1 large ladle)
  • Per Serving – Add one 1/4" thick slice of unsalted butter
  • Top each serving with freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or Pecorino Romana cheese as desired. I use 16 grams (1/2 oz.) of Kraft Parmesan.
  • Salt & pepper to taste, if needed.
  • Add additional crushed red pepper flakes, as desired.


  • Sauce should not be too thick or runny.
  • Sauce can be refrigerated in a sealed container for 3 days, or frozen for 2 to 3 months.



About San Marzano D.O.P. Tomatoes

A Sample Brand1

San Marzano 01

Do not confuse San Marzano "Style" sold at major chain stores with an authentic D.O.P. Certified product.

  • D.O.P Certified (Protected Designation of Origin) San Marzano tomatoes, only grown in the volcanic soil around Mount Vesuvius.
  • Sweet Italian plum tomatoes , perfect for pasta sauce and pizza.Imported from Italy, from the Campania region.
  • San Marzano tomatoes are thinner and more pointed than Roma tomatoes and the flesh is much thicker with fewer seeds, and the taste is stronger, sweeter and less acidic.

1 This brand example is for information only. It is not an endorsement of the product.

Comments & Tips

Comments & Tips

       This sauce can be used for everything in the pasta world. Feel free to modify it to your taste − add any spices your heart's desires.


Buono Appetito ... !


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