Amatriciana sauce (also referred to as sugo all’amatriciana) is a rich pasta sauce that’s made with guanciale (a cured pork cheek). It might sound weird to use pork cheek, but trust us, it’s absolutely my favorite. Which is why I was so excited to see it featured by Armando al Pantheon in the Rome episode of Searching for Italy.
Since getting a hold of guanciale can be a bit of a challenge, you can swap it out for pancetta or a really nice fatty piece of great quality bacon. Also, the recipe uses rigatoni since it does a good job of holding such a thick sauce, but honestly any pasta will work.
Rigatoni all’Amatriciana Recipe
Rigatoni all’Amatriciana from 'Searching for Italy' with Stanley Tucci. A decadent guanciale Amatriciana recipe from Armando al Pantheon in Rome.