Spaghetti All’Amatriciana

A touching post from Francis about the terrible tragedy in Italy. Please send your prayers and thoughts to Italians in this devastating and hard time!

From London to Longoio (and Lucca and Beyond) Part Two

When in Italy don’t ask for a plate of ‘spaghetti bolognaise’ (don’t even dare to say ‘spag bol’). The dish simply doesn’t exist in this country but is a concoction made abroad (and, I believe, actually sold in tins in the UK!). Ask instead for ‘tagliatelle al ragù’.  The ragù is a sauce generally made up of the following ingredients (quantities are given for serving four persons):

55 g (1 ¾ oz) butter
55 g (1 ¾ oz) minced prosciutto far or pancetta
1 large carrot, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
100 g (3 ½ oz) minced lean veal or beef
100 g (3 ½ oz) minced lean pork
1 glass of dry red wine
A little beef or chicken stock
3 tbsp. tomato paste
Salt and pepper

A short while back at Bagni di Lucca’s super-excellent Circolo dei Forestieri restaurant I had a…

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31 thoughts on “Spaghetti All’Amatriciana

  1. Wow, thanks for posting. One of the greatest trips of my life was a two week excursion to Rome and Florence. What a great country! Beautiful people!
    I hated to hear about the earthquake. We all have to come to realize, we’re on the same boat together!
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. My husband and I were saddened by the news of the earthquake. We fell in love with Italy when we were there 2 years ago and long to go back. Our thoughts and prayers are with Italy!!

  3. I’ve visited Italy (and central Italy) several times, and I hope to return again. A beautiful place, a beautiful people. Condolences for the losses suffered here.

  4. My prayers continue to be sent and I too hope to return to Italy one day. To be back in Perugia, Lucca, Assisi and the Umbria area would be pure joy for me!! One day…by God’s grace. Hugs until then!

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