Pasta alla Gricia is a classic Roman recipe with ancient origins. According to food historians, this recipe was developed around 400 A.D. and was a typical dish served in the taverns of Ancient Rome. It’s also often referred to as white Amatriciana.
Simple ingredients bursting with flavor:
- 1.5 cups of uncooked rigatoni pasta
- 1.25 cups of cooked guanciale (or pancetta)
- 1.25 cup pecorino freshly grated (100 grams)
- 1 tablespoons olive oil
- freshly ground pepper to taste
- fresh basil*
- red pepper flakes*
* although not found in the traditional dish, we add these ingredients to bring up the savory freshness and to add a little pop from the chiles.
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Next, take a large pot, boil your water and salt it well once it hits a boil. Stop cooking when the pasta is al dente. Remove the pasta while keeping the hot pasta water in the pot.
Meanwhile, Slice the guanciale into small cubes.
In a large pan add the olive oil and guanciale, cook on medium heat until it' crispy on the outside with you desired tenderness inside. Once the fat has rendered, turn down the heat and add a splash of pasta water to keep the meat tender and soft.
When the pasta is cooked al dente, remove from the heat and drain, keeping some of the pasta water in reserve.
Add the pasta to the pan, turn up the heat, and toss using tongs to coat the pasta, bringing the ingredients together. Mix in a splash of the reserved pasta water to enrich and give a glossy shine. The starch in the pasta water will bind the dish together with the fat to produce a rich and savory sauce
Remove from the heat, add a pinch or two of freshly ground pepper, and the grated Pecorino Romano and toss again.
Optional: Top with fresh basil and red pepper flake