Pasta alla Matriciana

Pasta alla matriciana is a very classic Italian dish. It is very easy and simple to put together. Healthy too.

Pasta alla Matriciana

If you want simple, fast, easy and delicious pasta, this pasta alla matriciana is it, you have come to the right place. You will get this done in no time. This recipe is a classic recipe in Italy. The white wine, which is widely used not only in Italy but in Spanish cooking, gives this sauce a very unique tasty flavor.

The bacon, Canadian bacon in this case, also gave a distinctive flavor to the sauce. I was only able to use this type of bacon since the other brands contained sodium nitrate, which is a carcinogen that I do not appreciate using in my cooking. The least amount of nonsense chemicals the better! If you can find pancetta without it even better.

Anyhow, I hope you try this recipe because it is ridiculously simple and delicious. This one is for sure a keeper.


On the left picture you can appreciate the onion and bacon already cooked through before adding the wine. The right picture is the final result for the sauce, after it has reduced a bit.


Pasta alla Matriciana

Miryam's original recipe

Yield: 5 servings

Total Time: 20 minutes max!


1 lb whole wheat spaghetti
1 medium red onion, chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
6 slices Canadian bacon, chopped
1/2 cup white wine
1 lb can crush tomatoes
1 tsp pepper flakes
1 tsp Celtic salt to taste


Cook pasta according to package instructions.

While pasta is getting done in a non-stick sauce pan add oil, onions, and bacon. Cook for about 5 minutes or until bacon and onions are cooked through and browned a bit.

Add the wine and let it reduce, about 3-5 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes and pepper flakes and cook to reduce the tomato sauce for another 5-10 minutes. Add salt to taste

Add pasta to the pan and mix through with the sauce. Add the pepper flakes and any fresh herbs if you like.

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  1. I love the look of this dish. Orange and chicken is a great combination.

  2. Me gusta mucho el plato, la combinación de sabores ha de estar muy rica…me lo llevo…

  3. This sounds fabulous! Orange or Lemon chicken are two of my favorites!

  4. This looks good! I’ve made non-fried orange chicken in the crockpot ( and I’m guessing it’s not as authentic tasting, but we really liked it!

  5. Natalie,

    thanks so much for the link, will check it out and see how it goes when I make it next time since I have already purchased the organic chicken :-)

  6. Hey! It was great, but you forgot to say “dip the chicken in the batter.” I know this seems obvious, but I like following recipes exactly, so this set me back a little bit!

  7. Just wondering how much sugar to add to the sauce, is it 1/4 teaspoon or 1/4 cup?

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