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