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Tagliatelle alla Matriciana with Homemade Ketchup

  • This traditional dish originates from Italy, the Lazio region. And they are very happy to eat it all over Italy. The composition of this dish is tomato sauce, pork cheek bacon and pasta. In this recipe, I have used homemade ketchup, which is very tasty and slightly different in color from store-bought. That ketchup is ideal not only for sauces, but also as an addition to soups, stews, goulash and paprikash. You can see that recipe here. In any case, if you don't have ketchup like this at home, you can find it in a store called tomato ragout Barilla. In Italy, it is made mainly from tomato San Marzano, and this what I've used is ketchup from ordinary tomatoes. It is very easy to prepare and ready quickly. Follow recipe.

Ingredients: simple, total time: 25 min. 2 serving

For Sauce:

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil EVO

  • 2 small whole dry hot peppers

  • 50 g pork jowl bacon/ into thin strips

  • 2 teaspoons dry oregano

  • 1 teaspoon dry basil

  • pinch of salt and pepper

  • 120 ml water

  • 1 Tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese


  • 220 g tagliatelle

  • water

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • medium pot



  1. Heat the oil in a large pan over moderate heat. Then add the hot peppers, bacon, and fry until transparent, then take them out and place them in a small plate on kitchen paper.

  2. Remove the excess fat from the dough and leave a small amount.

  3. Add homemade ketchup sauce, a little salt, pepper, oregano, basil, and stir occasionally. Add a little water as needed. I added about 120 ml in total.

  4. Cook for about 15–20 minutes.

  5. During time, put a medium pot with water and 1 teaspoon of salt. Wait for it to boil.

  6. Add the tagliatelle to the boiling water, cook for about 5 minutes, then strain them well.

  7. Towards the end of the sauce, add bacon and peppers. Finally, add grated Parmesan cheese and stir well.

  8. Add the tagliatelle to the finished sauce, stir well all ingredients.

  9. If the sauce is thick, add a little more water and stir everything well quickly!

  10. Serve all matricana in small plates with the addition of sliced Parmesan cheese.

Buon appetito!

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Apr 27

Buonissime ricette buone e leggere