Special Note below:
This is a classic dish for sure. I know some Romans who insist on using onion for a saute in this dish. I am not telling. Traditionally, the dish was made up only of sauteed.Pork Jowl (fat from the cheek of the Pig), and tomatoes. In the United States, Pork Jowl is hard to come by. I substitute unsmoked, salt Pork. Salted (not smoked), Pancetta is a great substitute when you can find it. I like to use Hormel salt pork. Be sure and trim off the rind first.
This is a simple, classic dish you can make in a hurry!
4 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cups salt pork or Italian, salt cured pancetta (this cut is from the lean part of the bacon) cut into a small dice.
2 cups chopped / diced tomatoes (you may puree in food processor if you like)
1/2 cup water (canned tomatoes are very acidic. If you are using fresh tomatoes, there is no need to add water).
1/2 cup white wine
12 oz Bucatini Pasta (long, hollow, tube shape Pasta). If you only have spaghetti, do not worry. Almost anything will work fine.
1/2 cup Pecorino Romano cheese
Pasta Pot with 8 quarts of salted water
Divide the salt pork in half. Place one half spread on a baking sheet. ( In an effort to get my son to eat this Pasta, he likes a little extra crunch. You can leave this out, as this is my idea). Bake in the oven at 400 degrees until crunchy (10 minutes). Set aside to cool on a plate. Place the rest in a saute pan large enough to toss your pasta in it when cooked. Place your olive oil in a pan and heat to medium. Crisp up your pancetta. At this point, add your tomatoes, water, wine and let the liquid simmer away. Simmer for 12-15 minutes. After this time, you will notice a ring of oil around the outside of the tomato sauce around the pan. This indicates your sauce is done. Set aside to cool down.
Cook your Pasta until al dente. Drain and toss in your pan with your sauce. Place in a serving bowl with Cheese, sauce, and serve. Add more cheese at the table. If you have baked some extra pancetta in the oven, put a few pieces on top and serve. You can add some fresh parsley if you like or even Basil. It will be hard to resist a second plate. Buon Appetito~