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Lisa’s Amatriciana


Pasta all’Amatriciana is a delicious spicy tomato sauce with a twist: pancetta (smoky flavored bacon), crushed red pepper, and tomatoes. It is named for its place of origin, as are many pasta dishes in Italy. In this case it is the town of Amatrice, in the region of Lazio, which is also the region of Rome! When in Rome you’ll find guanciale (or pig’s cheek!) in the dish instead of pancetta. Guanciale is hard to find in the U.S. , so Lisa suggests using bacon- being sure not to make it too crispy (don’t get confused with how you cook bacon in another classic Roman dish, carbonara!).

Watch Lisa make this Amatriciana sauce on her YouTube channel here.

Buon appetito e tutti a tavola!

Lisa’s Amatriciana Ingredients:


1 lb pancetta, chopped into bite sized pieces

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 red onion, chopped

1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper

Sicilian sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 jars Lisa’s Classic Tomato Sauce

2 lbs Rigatoni or Penne

1 cup Pecorino Romano, shredded

1 cup extra virgin olive oil



Lisa’s Amatriciana Directions:

In a large frying pan, heat the oil and sauté the garlic, onion and pancetta until the onion is translucent, being careful not to burn the garlic. Add the tomato sauce and the crushed red pepper flakes, season with salt and pepper.




Place a large pot of water on to boil, salt the water and cook the rigatoni or penne until al dente, no more than 8-9 minutes. Drain the pasta and add it to the large frying pan of sauce. Sauté for an additional 2 minutes.



  • Lisa Caponigri

    Lisa Caponigri is the author of This is Sunday Dinner and Whatever Happened to Sunday Dinner?, published by Sterling Epicure. Both of Lisa's cookbooks brim with her memories of living in Italy, both as a child and as an adult raising her own family, anecdotes about her family, regional and seasonal Italian specialties, and all the advice needed to get a spectacular Sunday Dinner on the table, every Sunday of the year. She has developed a line of prepared foods and sauces called Lisa’s Italian Kitchen. Lisa debuted on HSN and has appeared on QVC. She has also appeared on a variety of television programs, including Seattle's New Day Northwest, Good Morning Toronto, Chicago's WGNLunchbreak, and New England Cooks, to name a few. Lisa is frequently consulted as an expert in Italian lifestyle and food. Lisa Caponigri lives in South Bend, IN and travels frequently to Italy to research the latest in "la dolce vita". Visit to learn more about Lisa!

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