Sauce Amatriciana is a traditional Italian Sauce served often with Bucatini Pasta. The word, in italian, for sauce is sugo. So this sauce is called Sugo all’amatriciana. It is made with guanciale, which is a special cut of pork similar to pancetta. It is also traditionally made with Pecorino Cheese not Parmesan. Pecorino Cheese is a sheep cheese and is mainly produced on the island of Sardenia in Italy. It is saltier and has a sharper taste than its cousin Parmesan.
If you substitute Pancetta for the guanciale, it is still fair game to call the sauce Sugo all’amatriciana. At least in my book. However, substituting the Pecorino Cheese with Parmesan, goes a little too far. Incidentally the cheese sold in the USA called Romano Cheese is made from cow’s milk and is much milder. So if you can’t get Pecorino, and you substitute it with Parmesan, you will probably have to add a little more salt. And lets just say you should call it something else – How bout Fake News Amatriciana?
In this recipe, we also verge from the traditional because we wanted to add a little spice to it. So we have added spicy chorizo and some pepperoncini. If you do not want to do this, or you want to add another type of sausage, its up to you! But this definitely adds another level of taste sophistication to the famoso sugo all’amatriciana!
Spicy Chorizo Amatriciana
Spice up the classic Amatriciana with a little Chorizo Sausage
How to make Spicy Chorizo Amatriciana Sauce
Heat the Guanciala or Pancetta in olive oil at medium low heat until starting to brown. Add the onions and pepperoncini and continue to cook until the onions are soft and lucid.
Add white wine and cook until wine is reduced to one quarter.
Add the tomatoes, chorizo, salt and pepper and allow to cook at least 20 minutes. Key is to not let the sauce dry out too much. If this does happen, you will have to add some water.
Remove from heat and add the chopped basil and top with some pecorino cheese. Make sure you have some grated cheese for your guests to adjust to their likening. Serve with Pasta!
Serving Size 1/2 cup
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories 418kcal
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 31g48%
- Saturated Fat 10g50%
- Cholesterol 59mg20%
- Sodium 1236mg52%
- Total Carbohydrate 13g5%
- Dietary Fiber 2g8%
- Sugars 2g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Here are some links for choriza pasta recipes: