This is basically a version of Buccatini All’Amatriciana, and my favorite recipe for this dish is Lidia Bastianich’s, which is right here. I tried a different recipe this time; the main difference was that the bacon was cooked first and the onion and garlic were cooked in the leftover bacon drippings instead of olive oil. Next time I’ll probably go back to Lidia’s.
The last time I made this, I had to use regular spaghetti because I couldn’t find the right kind of pasta – buccatini or percatelli – both of which are basically spaghetti that is a hollow tube. I found Pertatelli, and am delighted to say that this was fantastic. I served it with Gran Padano to grate over it, fresh Semolina bread, and a salad of Romaine, chives and carrot peelings with olive oil and Balsamic vinegar.