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Traditional Amatriciana

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Traditional Amatriciana

25 minutes total

If you're looking for a taste of Italy, you can't go wrong with Authentic Amatriciana. This Classic Italian pasta dish is easy to make and always hits the spot. In this recipe, we'll show you how to make traditional Amatriciana that is sure to impress your family and friends.



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Serves 4

320g (11,3 oz) Barilla® Spaghetti No. 5
150g pork jowl (guanciale) or bacon
100g onion, peeled and thinly sliced
5 ripe tomatoes
40g grated Pecorino Hard sheep cheese
50ml extra-virgin olive oil
to taste Crushed red chili pepper
to taste Salt and black pepper


Individuals with allergies or specific dietary concerns should verify that the ingredients they utilize for the recipes comply with their restrictions.


Step 1

Here are five easy steps to cook the perfect traditional amatriciana pasta:

Step 2

In a mixing bowl, whisk egg yolks with 2/3 of the grated Pecorino cheese and a dash of pepper to taste.

  • Egg yolks
  • Pecorino
  • pepper

Step 3

Slice the guanciale into 2mm pieces. Add them to a large skillet over medium heat, then cook until the fat has melted and fry lightly.

  • Guanciale

Step 4

Cook spaghetti "al dente" in boiling salted water and drain them. Don’t forget to set aside a little bit of cooking water.

  • Spaghetti

Step 5

Combine the pasta al dente with the guanciale in the skillet and mix.

Step 6

Turn off the heat then add the egg mixture alongside the cooking water. Stir for as little as 30 seconds.

Step 7

Sprinkle the remaining 1/3 grated Pecorino cheese on top. Serve to your guests this delicious traditional Italian carbonara!

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Spaghetti No. 5

Since 1877 Barilla produces semolina pasta with the utmost attention to quality. Indeed, today as then, Barilla selects the best hard grains and carefully monitors all the stages of processing. Because it is only thanks to this care that a pasta is created with the ideal consistency, which best holds the baking and guarantees excellent results in all kinds of preparation.

  • Pack size 500g