Spaghetti Amatriciana – The Home Cook’s Kitchen

Spaghetti Amatriciana - The Home Cook's Kitchen

This Spaghetti Amatriciana is my all time favourite pasta dish for date night! Picture this – a gorgeous prosciutto based and tomato sauce, served with thick ribbons of spaghetti or bucatini!

fork twisting a pile of spaghetti
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Why I Love This Recipe!

OK hands up who loves date night! OK, hands up who loves pasta night!? Well if you’re a pasta lover or a date night lover, I’m pretty sure this spaghetti amatriciana is for you!

I absolutely love this recipe for many reasons, but the biggest win here is that this pasta recipe is so, so easy to make and super quick!

All you need is a food processor and some pasta and voila, you’ve got yourself a gorgeous date night pasta on the table in under 30 minutes.

I’ve made this many times for date night before and it never gets old. To enhance the experience, I serve this dish with crusty bread and a crisp glass of white wine.

Add in some candles for ambience, maybe a chocolate dessert, and you know you’re in for a good night!

close up of amatriciana on white plate with antique fork

Recipe Ingredients

To make this recipe, you need a few simple ingredients and equipment.

Aromatics – aromatics are ingredients that develop deep flavour when crushed or heated. In this recipe the aromatics include; brown/yellow onion, garlic and red chili. In Australia red chili is known as birds eye chilli.

Prosciutto – you’ll need good quality prosciutto or this recipe as well. You’ll need about 4oz, or 100-120g. If you can’t find prosciutto, bacon is a good substitute.

Tin Tomatoes – You need one can (400g/14.5oz) of diced tomatoes.

Chicken stock – you will need ½ a cup of chicken stock. I prefer to buy chicken stock cubes and dissolve them in boiling water. This saves having to open a full carton and it going to waste.

Parsley and Parmesan – to serve, sprinkle with fresh parsley and parmesan cheese.

amatriciana ingredients: spaghetti, chilli and garlic, prosciutto, onion, chicken stock and tomato laid on a white board.

How to Make this Recipe

This recipe is very quick and easy to make. For the full recipe, follow the recipe card, but here is the general gist.

  1. Combine the onion, garlic, chilli and prosciutto in a blender and bend until it resembles a paste.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large pan, and add the prosciutto mix.
  3. Fry off the prosciutto until fragrant, then add the tomatoes and the stock.
  4. Bring to a simmer, and simmer until thick.
  5. Serve with fresh spaghetti or bucatini.

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