Recipe from: The Silver Spoon for Children Cookbook
On Sunday, I made Spaghetti Amatriciana for dinner.
First, I cut the bacon with scissors.
Then I stirred the bacon. And then I added onions.
Then I added two cans of chopped tomatoes.
The recipe says to use 1 fresh red chile, but I used 1 1/2 tsp of dried chilies instead. Stir and let it simmer for 40 min. But stir it every ten minutes.
While it was simmering, I boiled the water and cooked the pasta. I also made a salad (you should make a salad too because it goes really well together) and salad dressing.
Salad dressing: honey, mustard, sea salt, lemon juice, garlic powder, black pepper and olive oil. Mix it all together. I shook it up in a bottle.
Salad: spring mix, spinach, mandarin oranges, sunflower seeds, tortilla strips, also tomatoes (my mom cut the tomatoes for me) and carrots.
Also I cooked a Sweet Italian Sausage in a frying pan.
This is me serving the spaghetti with sausage.
It was very spicy but delicious and my family really liked it. My dad said that he thought that I put too much chili but I thought it was just spicy enough.
- 1 fresh red chile (I used 1 1/2 tsp of dried chilies)
- 3 1/2 oz pancetta or bacon (cubes or slices)
- 1 onion
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 (14-oz) can chopped tomatoes
- 1 (14-oz) box of spaghetti
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1. If using fresh chile, cut chile in half, scrape out the white seeds (discard seeds); cut chile into small pieces (be careful not to touch your eyes & wash your hands right away!).
- 2. Using scissors, snip the pancetta or bacon into small pieces.
- 3. Chop onion into small pieces.
- 4. Put the olive oil into a heavy pan. Add the pancetta and cook over medium heat for 3 min - the pancetta will change from bright pink to a paler pink as it starts to cook. Use a wooden spoon to stir the pancetta around in the pan.
- 5. Lower the hear, add the onion, and cook very gently for 10 min, stirring every now & then - you want to cook the onions unti they are soft.
- 6. Add the canned tomatoes & chile. Put the lid on the pan & leave over gentle hear for 40 min. You will need to check it every 10 min & stir. Add a little more water if the sauce starts to stick to the bottom of the pan. The sauce will become thick & deep red in color as it cooks.
- 7. When your sauce is nearly ready, bring a large pot of water to a boil & cook the spaghetti. Ask an adult to help you drain the spaghetti & put it back into the pot.
- 8. Taste the sauce & add freshly ground black pepper, ladle the sauce over the pasta, & mix everything together. Serve immediately.
- 1. I used 1 1/2 tsp dried chilies - it was quite spicy; but we like very spicy food! I recommend just using 1/2 tsp dried chile to substitute for 1 fresh chile.
- 2. I doubled the recipe, but I didn't double the amount of olive oil or onion.
- 3. I added a little bit of balsamic vinegar, garlic powder and fish sauce.