Bucatini alla Matriciana

Bucatini alla Matriciana
Staff Writer
Bucatini alla Matriciana

Kelly Campbell

Bucatini alla Matriciana

This is a very important dish in Italian cuisine. It gives you a taste of pork from the guanciale, a shot of salt from the pecorino, and a touch of acid from the tomato. It is the quintessential example of a perfect combination that should never be altered. And by the way, it is called bucatini alla matriciana, not bucatini al amatriciana. Americans butcher that all the time!


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Drop in the pasta, quickly return to a boil, and cook until tender yet firm, 2-7 minutes, depending on how long it has been refrigerated (or 8-9 minutes for the dried stuff). Drain the pasta, reserving the pasta water.


Meanwhile, heat 4 teaspoons of the oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the guanciale and cook until crispy and golden brown, stirring now and then, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and pepper flakes and break up with tongs. Add the wine and 2 cups pasta water and boil until the sauce reduces in volume and thickens slightly, about 10 minutes.


Add the drained bucatini to the pan along with 1 cup of the pecorino, parsley, and remaining olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, tossing until the sauce is creamy. If the sauce gets too thick, add more pasta water. Divide among warm pasta bowls and garnish with the remaining 1 cup pecorino.


Calories per serving:

1,194 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 69g 106%
  • Carbs 91g 30%
  • Saturated 23g 115%
  • Fiber 4g 18%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 6g
  • Monounsaturated 35g
  • Polyunsaturated 8g
  • Protein 44g 87%
  • Cholesterol 106mg 35%
  • Sodium 1,334mg 56%
  • Calcium 741mg 74%
  • Magnesium 105mg 26%
  • Potassium 605mg 17%
  • Iron 3mg 15%
  • Zinc 4mg 28%
  • Phosphorus 820mg 117%
  • Vitamin A 103µg 11%
  • Vitamin C 10mg 17%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 21%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 22%
  • Niacin (B3) 5mg 23%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 22%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 37µg 9%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 17%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 5mg 24%
  • Vitamin K 44µg 55%
MORE FROM EDAMAM Have a question about nutritional data? Let us know.