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Italian Pasta with Amatrice Sauce

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This recipe for Italian Pasta with Amatrice Sauce is a quick, easy, and oh-so-good! Italian pasta with amatrice sauce will probably become a standard in your kitchen. The ingredients are probably already in your pantry, and no one will know that you just threw this sauce together!


2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1/4 cup dry white wine (optional)
1 28-oz can tomatoes, drained and chopped
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 pound dried pasta, such as penne or mostaccioli, cooked according to package directions
Parmesan cheese, grated


Heat the oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat, and saute the garlic and onion for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onion is softened.

Add the optional wine, tomatoes, and spices, and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.

Ladle the sauce over the cooked pasta.

Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Information

Recipe makes 4 to 6 servings.

Did You Know?

Originating in a region of central Italy from a town known as Amatrice located near the Adriatic Sea coast, this sauce is a type of pasta sauce known for its meaty contents.

Amatrice sauce is one of the most well known pasta sauces in Roman and Italian cuisine.

Variation: Italian Pasta Salad

SpeltA healthy alternative to a traditional pasta salad.

3 cups cooked pasta (brown rice, spelt, or kamut)
1-1/2 cups chopped broccoli florets
1 tomato, chopped
1 scallion, minced
1 carrot, thinly sliced

2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons organic balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons unpasteurized apple cider vinegar

Mix all the salad ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix all the dressing ingredients in a jar. Shake and pour over salad. Serve.

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