Mindy Kobrin


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Bucatini, Pancetta & Arrabiata Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Serves 4-6.

  • 1 35-ounce can San Marzano tomatoes
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and thinly
  • 4 slices pancetta, cut into 1 1/2-inch julienne strips
  • 1 Tbs crushed hot red pepper flakes
  • 1 Lbs Bucatini pasta
  • 1 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


  1. Pass the tomatoes and their liquid through a food mill fitted with the fine disc. Set aside. Bring 6 quarts of salted water to boil in a deep 8-quart pot.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until wilted, about 4 minutes. Stir in the pancetta and cook 2 minutes. Add the hot red pepper flakes, strained tomatoes and tomato paste. Bring to a boil.
  3. Lower heat to a simmer. Season lightly with salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thickened, about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Add Bucatini to the boiling salted water and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente, about 10-12 minutes.
  5. Re-season Arrabiata sauce to taste.
  6. Reserve about 1 cup of the pasta cooking water. Drain the pasta.
  7. Add Bucatini pasta to red sauce and bring it to a boil. Add remaining olive oil. Toss until Bucatini pasta is well-coated.
  8. Remove the pan from the heat, stir in 1 cup of the grated cheese. Transfer to a large serving platter.
  9. Serve immediately.