Pasta recipe with amatriciana sauce


Amatriciana sauce is one of those sauces of few ingredients, but with a strong flavor . The key to the sauce is in basil, also called basilic, royal herb or kings’ herb. For some religions it is a sacred plant, used in both rituals and spells.


Tallarines en salsa amatriciana


The first time I tried a basil sauce was a few years ago in Rome. The sauce was very simple: only tomato, basil and salt, but noticing both the taste of basil in that dish has convinced me that it is a very compact combination. Amatriciana sauce is based on the combination of tomato and basil . The mozzarella di bufala is one of the favorites of the Italians: light and soft, an ideal accompaniment for this hot and refreshing dish at the same time . A simple sauce, but very, very nice.


Processing time: 25-30 minutes


Difficulty: low


Servings: 2 people




  • 350 gr noodles

  • 300 ml fried tomato

  • 1 mozzarella buffalo

  • 3 basil leaves – or a spoon of sauce pesto

  • 150 gr bacon in strips

  • 1/2 chopped onion

  • Olive oil, salt

  • Parmesan powder and dried oregano, to decorate

Step by step development


  1. We put the pasta to boil.

  3. Cut the onion and the bacon – if you don’t buy it directly into strips.

  5. Sauté the bacon with the onion.

  7. Once they are fried, add the tomato.

  9. Cut the buffalo cheese into dice.

  11. We add the cheese to the pan.

  13. We add the cut basil and a teaspoon of salt – instead of basil you can use a spoon of pesto sauce , since it is a very rich sauce with a lot of basil flavor–.

  15. We mix occasionally until all the cheese is melted in the sauce . If you do not mix the cheese will stick to the pan.

  17. As soon as the pasta is boiled, we drain it and add it to the sauce.

  19. Mix the pasta in the sauce and let it boil for about 3 minutes so that the sauce is impregnated in the pasta .


At the table


There is no better accompaniment to pasta than Parmesan cheese, both to get a good decoration and taste. Being the amatriciana sauce a refreshing sauce, I have added oregano on top; thus it has even more Mediterranean appearance and flavor .


Tallarines con salsa amatriciana  a la mesa


Buon appetito!

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