Homemade Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Guanciale
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 4
Homemade pasta is practically good enough to stand on its own but sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and guanciale don't hurt either.
  • Heaping ⅓ cup sun-dried tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, sliced
  • A couple ounces guanciale (bacon or pancetta would work, too)
  • A few tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • A handful fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese for serving
  • ¼ - ½ cup reserved pasta water or chicken stock
  • 1 pound spaghetti, homemade or store-bought (homemade recipe here)
  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Fresh pasta takes only a couple of minutes to cook so you can cook the same time as you start the sauce. If using store-bought, cook about 4-5 minutes ahead of time to finish around the time you finish the sauce. Reserve some of the pasta water.
  2. Heat up the olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. I cooked the guanciale separately in a small skillet to make this vegetarian for my husband and just topped the plated dish with them but if this isn't a consideration for you, cook the guanciale in the skillet, too. You can use the rendered fat along with the olive oil to cook the sauce. Add the sun-dried tomatoes and cook for a minute. Then add the garlic and cook for another minute, being careful not to let them burn. Season with a little salt and pepper, to taste. Add the pasta and fresh basil and toss in the sauce. If it looks too dry for you, add a bit of the reserved pasta water (or chicken stock) and/or olive oil and toss again. Plate and garnish with additional basil leaves and Parmesan cheese.
Recipe by Lemons + Anchovies at https://lemonsandanchovies.com/2013/01/homemade-pasta-with-sun-dried-tomatoes-and-guanciale/