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Linguine Amatriciana

A classic Italian dish - pretty straightforward, pretty simple, pretty damn delicious!

Serves 4-6

Costs £5.40

Amatriciana is a classic Italian dish. There are - like most Italian dishes - few ingredients. It's simple, cheap, quick and filling. Not to mention really tasty.



pancetta - £1.80

chilli - around 30p

pecorino cheese - around 50p

passata - 49p

linguine - 80p

white wine - £1.50


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  • De-seed and finely chop the chilli

  • Heat a large frying pan - no need to add oil, you'll get that from the pancetta - or guanciale if you have it

  • Add the pancetta and cook for around 5 minutes

  • Add a glass of white wine and cook for a further 5 minutes

  • Add the chilli and mix through

  • After a few minutes, add the passata - about 500g

  • Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and add the pasta

  • Turn it down; remember you don't need water at 100ºC for pasta!

  • We're cooking the pasta for about 2 minutes under the time on the packet

  • Back to the sugo (sauce)...

  • Salt and pepper to taste (don't be shy with the pepper)

  • When the pasta is 2 minutes off the packet time, switch it off and add a couple of ladles of pasta water to the sugo

  • Stir it through

  • Add the pasta - remember: don't drain it, just lift it out with tongs or a fork

  • Mix it through thoroughly and cook it out for a further 2 minutes or so

  • Add a good 70g of grated pecorino to the pan and mix through

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