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I love the fall. It is my favorite season. So why do I live in a place where we always seem to just skip over the fall??? The temperatures here are still in the 80s. This week, we will be getting close to 90. And this always means that when the temperature finally does drop, it really drops. It seems like we usually get snow before Halloween, so once again, it looks like we’ll be skipping straight from summer to winter. Which makes me sad.

But even though it is still warm out, it doesn’t mean I can’t start enjoying more comforting foods. And to me, pasta is pure comfort.

I saw this recipe on the Food Network, and I’m glad I watched it. I have to admit – this recipe is probably one I would have skipped over if I wouldn’t have watched it on tv and seen the final dish. But I watched it one day and couldn’t get it out of my mind after that. So I decided to make it one night, but ran into a small problem. My biggest complaint with the Food Network website is that it is always so hard for me to find the recipe I’m looking for. Unless I go and look right after I watch the program and know the exact name of the recipe, I spend so much time looking for the recipe that I usually get frustrated and give up. And this one was hard to find because I didn’t know what it was called. I remembered the ingredients, but it took some serious research to actually find the recipe.

But I’m glad I perservered, because this was a delicious meal! And I was surprised how much my husband really liked it. He is usually pretty picky about pasta dishes, preferring something smothered in sauce. This still felt light (despite all the bacon!) yet very filling and comforting. I did up the bacon quite a bit, but everything is always better with more bacon!

American-Italian all’Amatriciana
slightly adapted from 30 Minute Meals

1 pound whole-wheat penne pasta
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
6-12 slices lean peppered bacon, chopped (amount depends on preference)
1 large red onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup chicken stock
1 (28-ounce) can crushed fire roasted tomatoes
black pepper
handful of chopped flat-leaf parsley
shredded sharp white Cheddar cheese

Heat water to boil for pasta, season with salt and cook pasta to al dente.

Heat a deep skillet over medium-high heat with extra-virgin olive oil, a turn of the pan. Add bacon and crisp 4 to 5 minutes then add onions and garlic cook to soften, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in stock then tomatoes and season with pepper to taste. Simmer sauce 15 minutes. Toss pasta with sauce and parsley. Serve with grated sharp white Cheddar.

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41 Responses to American-Italian all’Amatriciana

  1. Happy cook says:

    I am a pasta lover. This looks so delicious.

  2. RecipeGirl says:

    Sounds great to me, and I love using those fire-roasted tomatoes. Peppered bacon sounds like a good thing too!

  3. AnticiPlate says:

    I make something just like this. I LOVE it!

  4. Maria says:

    I have a hard time finding recipes from the FN too! Glad you made this one! Looks fantastic! And I think it is supposed to cool down this weekend and rain too..of course it rains on our weekends:)

  5. Patsyk says:

    That pasta sounds perfect for fall! I would be happy eating that right now.

  6. Mary says:

    Whoa I have so bookmarked this recipe! It looks delicious and we have everything for it in the house! Thank you for posting it!

  7. Ryley says:

    that does look really good! You should have made your own fire roasted tomaotes! Aren’t youm buried in tomatoes?? we sure are!!!

    Oh..and my food network trick is too look for the episode i was watching and all the recipes are linked…

    maybe that will help!!

  8. Erin says:

    This looks like a wonderful pasta dish!

  9. The Mediocre Cook says:

    This looks delicious! And bacon only steps up a recipe!

  10. Shandy says:

    I love this pasta dish but pasta is already one of my favorite food groups =).

    Your caramel sauce over the pumpkin cheesecake inspired me to try caramel sauce for the first time. You said how easy yours was to do so I thought, why not? I did it and loved the vanilla bean seeds floating in the caramel along with the flavor! Thank you for being my inspiration =D

  11. Snooky doodle says:

    yummy i love italian food especially pasta 🙂

  12. veron says:

    I love the fall too! and it is always the perfect time for some pasta!

  13. Aimée says:

    Sweeet. Comfort food is popping up all over the place. Hope you get a fall to enjoy soon.

  14. Beth says:

    Ive bookmarked this to make next week! Yummy!!

  15. Katerina says:

    Looks good as usual Deborah! I agree, fall is my favorite time of year and I don’t care if the weather doesn’t oblige it is time for comfort food!

  16. kat says:

    oh that one does sound good. I have to keep a paper & pen with me near the tv so i can write down something if I want to find it otherwise Ill never rememeber

  17. Jenny says:

    This looks great Deborah, I think I saw this episode and thought it looked terrific!

  18. Juliet says:

    Sounds delish – and a little extra bacon never hurts, either! I do the same thing with garlic in most recipes. 🙂

  19. Peabody says:

    When I lived in AZ we often skipped over Fall as well, that is why I am so happy to live where I live now.
    Pasta looks wonderful.

  20. Paula says:

    Bacon, pasta, cheese? Sounds incredible to me! The picture kind of reminded me of mostachioli. Man, I’m really hungry now.

  21. noble pig says:

    Oh the bacon, this sounds so yummy! Love it.

  22. glamah16 says:

    Oh yum. Whats not to like.

  23. Elle says:

    this definitely looks like one to bookmark and try very soon!

  24. CECIL says:

    I agree with you about recipe on Foodnetwork website. I only visit the website if I watch something on TV that I just have to have! 🙂 The pasta looks awesome!!

  25. Ari (Baking and Books) says:

    Pasta is comfort food for me too. I love pasta. 🙂

    It always makes me so sad when seasons seem to skip over us – and especially fall! My favorite season too.

  26. Emily says:

    I think the best compliment is when the hub really likes what you have cooked! I think I would scarf this right down too! Looks great!

  27. kamailesfood says:

    This looks yummy! The fire-roasted tomatoes and sharp cheddar…mmm. And of course the bacon. 🙂

  28. Emiline says:

    Yes! More bacon! I agree!

    I love pasta.

  29. Grace says:

    with a name like that, i expected a list of ingredients a mile long. glad to know it’s not as difficult as i thought–it looks sensational! 🙂

  30. Dhanggit says:

    this sounds a great pasta recipe on a friday night! i love it!

  31. Dana McCauley says:

    Looks like a great dinner – I love simple tomato pasta dishes!

  32. hot garlic says:

    This looks simple and wonderful. I totally know what you mean about the FN website! Annoying!

  33. Ingrid says:

    Sounds GOOD and so easy. I’m not always so sure of RR’s recipes. It seems like she throws in some of this and some of that to come up with her dishes. I guess I’m just not that daring.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  34. Aggie says:

    This looks so great and comforting to me. Pasta is a favorite…love the sauce.

  35. Bonnie says:

    This looks yummy !!

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  36. Gigi says:

    I hear you on the weather. I love fall but here in California I feel like we just skip right over it. I am definitely a pasta lover so this recipe will come in handy.

  37. Judy's Nutrition says:

    Mmmm, that looks good – I think I will have pasta today!

  38. Debbie says:

    I can eat pasta anytime..Your dish looks wonderful and tasty…

  39. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Deb, I’m always glad to find pasta sauces that my picky hubby will eat. Tks for sharing – this is going to become a regular at home, I know!

  40. Kevin says:

    That pasta looks good and sounds tasty. I still have not been able to find canned fire roasted tomatoes though.

  41. kellypea says:

    It sounds delicious — and I agree with you about how it’s sometimes hard to find things on their site. It’s like I have to have the exact name. Good choice by you. My husband would love this.

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