SPAGHETTI ALLA GRICIA
Preparation 10 min
Cooking time 20 min
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the water and cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package. Reserve a bit of starchy pasta cooking water.
- Meanwhile, heat a large frying pan over low heat and add the guanciale or pancetta. Cook, stirring, about 8 to 10 minutes, until golden brown. Stir in the freshly ground black pepper and several tablespoons of the pasta cooking water to deglaze the frying pan.
- Once the pasta is al dente, transfer it to the guanciale sauce and toss to coat. Remove from the heat and add the cheese and a little more pasta cooking water, if necessary. Stir vigorously until a thick, glossy sauce forms.
- Serve topped with more freshly grated Pecorino Romano and freshly ground black pepper.