I thought to give you all a follow up to our POLL on what I was to make for Sunday Supper on Sunday last. You chose spaghetti alla carbonara. I had some pancetta in the freezer, a gift from a reader. And so I made the famous Roman dish and enjoyed it immensely.
I had some pancetta left, so I used it up by making bucatini all’amatriciana, another Roman dish and one by which I tend to judge Roman restaurants. If they can’t make this one to my satisfaction, there is no reason to go back.
I cut up the pancetta, together with a very little onion.
Some hold the addition of onion in this to be tantamount to heresy. It is not used in Amatrice itself, but it generally is in Rome. I have never lived in Amatrice but I have lived in Rome. I had a little bit of onion I wanted to use up, and … chop chop … snik snak … willy nilly… in it went.
I opened the can of San Marzano tomatoes, also a gift of one of you readers from the wish list. Thank you thank you thank you.
I browned the pancetta and the small amount of onion together with dried hot red pepper I raised last summer, ground quite fine. Not much peperoncino. Just a warming piquant touch.
In go the tomatoes.
I set it all to reduce and intensify on a slow heat and, in the meantime, enjoyed some evening on the deck and took care of vespers.
Actually these are De Ceccho Perciatelli, also a gift of one of you readers. The sunlight was so lovely, I took the photo out of doors. I was out of the Rustichella Bucatini, also a gift of readers, because I had used it up for a meeting of our literary group, lately reading Gerard Manley Hopkins.
Assembled with grated pecorino cheese, and ground black pepper.
There was a bottle of vernaccia that simply had to be used up. I would have preferred a white from Lazio, but, alas, there was none. The vernaccia, Tuscan interloper as it was, did the job, thus creating a culinary echo of the old adage la lingua toscana nella bocca romana.
Some of you readers were nearly entirely responsible for this supper. Most of the items came from my wish list and your voting in the poll drove me to get out the pancetta and use it up. I am, as always, grateful to those who have sent things and wish their angel guardians well on their behalf.