Pasta Amatriciana

Total Time
37 min
11 min
26 min
Amatriciana is a tomato sauce well-known for its smoky taste and zesty bite. Neither flavor is lacking in this healthy version.


olive oil

2 tsp

uncooked Canadian bacon

1 slice(s), trimmed of all visible fat and chopped

uncooked onion(s)

1 medium, chopped

garlic clove(s)

1 medium clove(s), minced

canned diced tomatoes

14½ oz

dried oregano

½ tsp

crushed red pepper flakes

½ tsp, to 1/4 teaspoon

table salt

½ tsp

black pepper

¼ tsp, freshly ground


¼ cup(s)

uncooked whole wheat pasta

½ pound(s), spaghetti variety

fresh parsley

1 Tbsp, fresh, chopped


  1. Heat the oil in a large nonstick saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook, stirring frequently, until heated through, about 1 minute. Stir in the onion and garlic; cook, covered, shaking the pan occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, oregano, crushed red pepper, salt, ground pepper, and water; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the sauce is slightly reduced, about 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti according to package directions. Drain, toss with the sauce, and sprinkle with the parsley. Yields about 1 1⁄4 cups per serving.

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