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. YOU are my hero. I recently found you…good grief…I cannot remember how, but I LOVE your recipes. The fact that you love to bake and are sharing all these wonderful recipes is just so…well WONDERFUL! I will be an avid junkie of whatever you are deciding to post because everything I have made with your recipes is Ab.So. Lute. Perfection! Tomato…pasta…wine…spinach! Cannot get any better than this! Unless you count the fact that my hubby is a wine specialist/salesman. Ha! I get my wine for free!

    keep cookin’ darlin!!!


  2. Kate Keese,

    thanks so much for the kind comment. I am glad you are liking the recipes and that they are working for you :-) What a nice perk that your husband can get the wine for free, we sure enjoy plenty of it at home!

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

  3. this looks so gorgeous miryam, kinda like penne alla vodka. adding blue cheese is a great idea. gorgeous pics.
    i love your new logo that i saw in fb, nice job. :-)

  4. So pretty! I pinned before I even read anything. :)

    And I didn’t post for a whole week, either. Difference is I have no kids, no e-books, no new website, etc. So you? Totally okay to not post in a week! ;)

    The pasta looks awesome. Great pictures!

  5. How exciting! This pasta looks easy and tasty too :)

  6. Am 77 yrs old so maybe that’s the prob. In the list of ingredients I find no mention of tomatoes and in the directions there’s no mention of the marinara sauce. Can’t be one and the same as you wouldn’t want to drain the marinara sauce, HELP! It sounds so yummy I’d love to try the recipe.

    • You are so right, it is not your age, it was totally me. The instructions where missing a lot of the steps, I don’t know what happened but now if have corrected them. Thanks for letting me know and thanks for visiting my blog.

  7. Recipe looks very good and I plan to try it. I see where the instructions tell me to add drained tomatoes and cook along with marinara sauce. If they are canned tomatoes – please tell us the amount. I don’t see that in the list of indredients. Thanks

  8. I really want to try this recipe, but I don’t know where to find the corrected recipe that includes the amount of tomatoes. Thanks

  9. This looks great—I too am a blue cheese fan. But I never would’ve considered adding it to marinara sauce. I have one question. The parsley is unaccounted for in the recipe instructions, but going by the photo it looks as if it is just sprinkled over the top. Is that correct?

  10. Miryam, Is it one pound jar of marinara plus 14 -16 ounce can of crushed tomatoes? Are these the correct amounts and do you drain the tomatoes.

  11. I made this dish for dinner and it was delicious. The blue cheese adds a nice exotic tang to the sauce. I winged it because I wasn’t sure about the tomatoes, but it is a great recipe. Adding the spinach at the end without cooking it, is definitely the way to go. Thanks, Miryam. I am now a fan and I will look at the rest of your recipes.

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