Fresh Tomato Amatriciana Sauce
Long-cooked tomato sauce offers great depth, but we wanted a midsummer sauce with fresh-off-the-vine tomato flavor.
Why This Recipe Works
The best tomato sauce recipes are simple, consisting of nothing more than garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, herbs, salt, a bit of sugar, and pepper. With that philosophy in mind, we set out to develop a fresh tomato sauce recipe that capitalized on this list of ingredients. We found that cooking the garlic in oil for just a minute or two prevented it from burning. The tomatoes, which we cooked for just 10 minutes, broke down readily and thickened slightly, just enough to ably coat the pasta. We cooked the tomatoes in rendered pancetta fat to infuse salty, meaty flavor into the sauce.
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