Looking for a new tomato sauce for Sunday dinner? Then try our delicious Rigatoni all’ Amatriciana! It is a thick, rich, and savory tomato sauce that is made with 6 ingredients (not including water or salt) and served over rigatoni pasta.
This tomato sauce is so easy and so simple to make, that you’ll wonder why you haven’t made it, yet.
Rigatoni all’ Amatriciana is a pasta dish we love to make on Sundays and especially for special occasions. It is one of our recipes for The Sunday Sauce!
A great dish to serve family and friends. It presents itself as an elegant pasta dish and everyone will think you worked all day to make this sauce.
Amatriciana Sauce is exquisite and different from our other tomato sauces such as our Classic Bolognese Sauce or Braciole Sauce or our Mom’s Quick Marinara Sauce.
A classic Roman dish and one you can positively walk into any trattoria in Rome, Italy, and find this dish on their menu.
Rigatoni all’ amatriciana is made with lots of onions, Italian imported peeled tomatoes, chopped pancetta, and pepper flakes.
These basic ingredients are what make this tomato sauce very unique.
- With only a few minutes to prep, this tomato sauce gets its rich, savory flavors from slow cooking for at least 1 hour.
- But, more importantly, its flavors come from the infusion of sweet onions, smoky flavored pancetta, and a spicy kick from the pepper flakes.
- All these simple ingredients combined with the Italian imported sweet plump tomatoes, make this sauce SO flavorful and intensely delicious! It’s truly amazing!
- No need to add any salt; at least we don’t feel the need to add salt since the salty pancetta gives enough sodium to the sauce. But if you prefer, go ahead and add some to the sauce.
Rigatoni all’ Amatriciana is so good and so flavorful, you’ll want to scoop up every bit of the sauce and enjoy eating it to the last drop! Trust me on this one…
This tomato sauce is a tried and true recipe and one of our all-time favorites.
Our friends have been waiting patiently for this recipe and I’m so glad to finally take some photos and post them. 🙂
Some Great Tips!
- Toss some butter into the pasta after it is drained and before it is topped with the sauce. It adds a rich and creamy base to the pasta and will complement the tomato sauce on top.
- If the sauce gets too thick, you can easily add additional water.
- Also, this sauce is best paired with large kinds of pasta such as Rigatoni, Penne, and Ziti.
My husband is the one who enjoys making this sauce. He is such a good guy, and loves to give me a break from cooking on Sundays – gotta love him! 😉
If you have never tried making homemade Rigatoni all’ Amatriciana before; then we highly recommend trying this one!
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- 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 extra-large onion- finely chopped
- 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
- 4-ounces chopped pancetta
- 1 (35-ounce) can of Italian Imported peeled tomatoes ( I used Cento)
- 5 large fresh basil leaves, and extra for garnish
- 1 cup of water, and extra if needed
- Salt, to taste
- 1 pound Rigatoni pasta
- 3 Tbsp. butter
- grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, at the table
- In a large heavy-bottom saucepan, heat olive oil and add the chopped onion, crushed red pepper flakes, and fresh basil. Turn down the heat to the lowest and simmer until the onion is softened and golden color, about 5 to 7 minutes.
- In the meantime, in a small saucepan, add the pancetta and cook the pancetta on low heat for about 3 minutes until it's fully cooked and brown. Transfer only the cooked pancetta to the onions, and discard the excess fat left in the pan.
- Next, open the can of peeled tomatoes and pour them into a blender to puree for a few seconds. Then pour the pureed tomatoes into the large heavy saucepan already with the onions and cooked pancetta mixture. Stir in the water, and cover with a lid. Bring the heat up high to bring it to a full boil.
- Once it comes to a full boil, then lower the heat to simmer the sauce for 1 hour, UNCOVERED, and occasionally stirring every so often. The sauce will thicken as it slowly cooks. Turn off the heat, give it a last stir and keep covered. Taste the sauce, if you prefer, you can season it with some salt, to taste.
- Fill a large pot with 3/4 water and bring to a full boil ( over high heat) add 2 tsp. of salt. Toss in the rigatoni pasta and cook according to the directions on the box, or until it's al-dente. Drain. Return the pasta back to its pot. Add 3 tablespoons of butter to the pasta. Stir rigatoni until the butter completely melts. Now it's ready to serve.
- Ladle each dish with some Rigatoni pasta, then ladle some Amatriciana sauce on top. Serve with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese at the table.
- Serves 4 to 6
Always keep some extra fresh basil leaves on the side to chop them and use them as garnish. Garnishing with fresh chopped basil always adds a special element to this dish as well as other pasta dishes. Sprinkle a few on top of each dish before serving.
While simmering the sauce, if the sauce gets too thick, just add a little more water. Store leftover Amatriciana sauce for up to 3 days in the refrigerator or freeze for up to 1 month.
Serving Size:1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 426Total Fat: 36.1gCarbohydrates: 15.6gFiber: 3.5gSugar: 5.6gProtein: 10.3g