I love pasta. Like I mean I really, really, love pasta. Especially pasta with a slightly salty, spicy, and sweet sauce. And you know, I adore it even more, when it is quick and easy to prepare. Who can argue with that? There are a few things that can really make it or break this particular recipe though. First, you need the best bacon you can get. Shrinking bacon need not apply. This goes for tomatoes too, find the best canned tomatoes you can get. Recipes with only a few simple ingredients requires extra delicious ingredients in order for the whole thing to come together. Spaghettini or linguine pasta would work well in place of bucatini, but it is much easier to ensure that bucatini will remain undercooked, making it perfect for entertaining, as you still have time to serve it without it becoming overcooked. Your choice, and of course this also depends on availability or what you might have on hand. Also, this is after all, a simple dish. So if you have six slices of bacon, or even eight or ten, just go for it. The same goes for the amount of tomato puree. This is comfort food at it's finest, and isn't meant to be the least bit finicky. Begin by heating the olive oil with the onions, and diced bacon. Mouthwateringly delicious. And also completely addicting; I'm not complaining. bucatini all'amatriciana Serves 4 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 large onion, finely chopped 5 slices thick-cut bacon, diced good pinch of red chili peppers 2 cups plum tomatoes in their juices, pureed 1 package bucatini pasta salt, to taste 1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. 2. In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil on medium heat. Add the onions, and cook until nearly soft and translucent. Add the bacon, and continue to cook until the bacon is nearly crisp. Add a good pinch of red chili peppers. 3. As soon as the chili peppers have flavoured the mixture, lower the heat, and add the pureed plum tomatoes. Cover, and stir occasionally. Taste for seasoning, and adjust as desired. 4. Cook the pasta according to pasta directions, erring on the side of under cooked. 5. Drain the pasta, and immediately combine it with the sauce before plating. Allow to rest in the saucepan for a moment to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated. 6. Serve immediately, and enjoy!