The well known amatriciana sauce is a traditional Italian pasta sauce based on guanciale (cured pork cheek), pecorino cheese, and tomato.
Now, I am a fan of “call it what it is” things. And though my aim with this dish was the amatriciana sauce, I did not have either the guanciale or the pecorino cheese neccessary for the recipe. So instead, this is just a “pasta in tomato sauce with bacon” dish.
The beauty of being frugal and flexible is doing the best of what you can with what you have at your disposal. Being a master in the kitchen, to me, means being able to follow recipes and recreating dishes… but also (and more important), improvising when needed. That is the true masterchef, in my opinion – when you can feed your family delicious meals with whatever you have in your fridge. Because sometimes there is not very much.
And that’s ok, too. Because you absolutely can make great dishes with very little ingredients. Like, a pack of plain spaghetti, a can of tomatoes, an onion and a clove of garlic. If you have bacon, that’s a great topping. Grated parmigiano? Even better. If you can make a plain pasta in tomato sauce dish, you’re good to go!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 589.85Total Fat: 8.31gSaturated Fat: 2.38gSodium: 1031.35mgCarbohydrates: 108.18gFiber: 9.65gSugar: 12.27gProtein: 20.81g