Spaghetti with Amatriciana sauce

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a very easy italian sauce to make good on spaghetti or any similarly shaped pasta.  Makes enough for 1 LB of pasta

 

8 oz Pancetta (italian uncured bacon) diced
1 28oz can tomatoes (use san marzano tomatos for this sauce,it makes a difference)
1 medium red onion diced
3 tbsp olive oil
1 dried cayenne pepper or 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
salt and pepper

In a medium sauce pan over medium heat warm the olive oil. Add the pancetta and cook stiring occasionally for 15 minutes,or until crisp
meanwhile run the canned tomatoes and their juice through a food processor using the grating blade.
when the pancetta is crisp remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and set aside. saute the red onion in the oil/pancetta grease for about 5 minutes or so.  Pour the tomatoes into the onions and add the red pepper. stir to mix well,add salt and pepper to taste.
simmer for 20 minutes.
while the sauce is simmering prepare 1 lb pasta according to package directions.  when the pasta is done drain but dont rinse. pour back into the pan you boiled it in.
Add the cooked sauce to the pot with the pasta. stir to mix well and add the set aside pancetta. cook over medium heat 1 minute stirring continually.

serve hot with plenty of grated parmesan cheese.

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