Spaghetti Amatriciana

  • 5MINS
  • 25MINS
  • 395KCAL

This Spaghetti Amatriciana is a milder alternative to Arrabbiata and is perfect if you're counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories395
  • Carbs65g
  • Protein20g
  • Fat3.9g
  • Saturates1.2g
  • Sugars9.9g

 

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

Spaghetti Amatriciana is traditionally made using guanciale which is a type of Italian cured pork.  We’ve swapped it out for low fat bacon medallions in our recipe to keep the calories and Points as low as possible.

Amatriciana is similar to the spicy Arrabbiata dish, but although it has a little kick, it’s much milder.  If you like your food hot then just add more chilli to the sauce – similarly, if you’d prefer a milder taste, then you can just omit the chilli completely.

We’ve used Pecorino in this Spaghetti Amatriciana recipe which is an Italian hard cheese.  You should be able to find it in your local supermarket, but if not then you can just substitute it for Parmesan instead.

What diets is this Spaghetti Amatriciana suitable for?

This Spaghetti Amatriciana recipe is suitable for dairy free diets as long as you omit the following ingredients or use a dairy free alternative;

  • Pecorino cheese

It can be made gluten free by swapping the following ingredients out for gluten free alternatives;

  • Dried spaghetti
  • Worcestershire sauce

You can also make this recipe suitable for vegetarian diets by omitting the following ingredients or using vegetarian substitutes;

  • Bacon medallions
  • Pecorino
  • Worcestershire sauce

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Spaghetti Amatriciana recipe?

  • You need to count 9 Points per portion of this Spaghetti Amatriciana recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 9 Points per portion of this Spaghetti Amatriciana recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 9 Points per portion of this Spaghetti Amatriciana recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make this Spaghetti Amatriciana?

Pecorino is an Italian hard cheese which you should be able to find in the supermarket.  If you can’t see it, then you can use Parmesan instead.

How many calories are in this Spaghetti Amatriciana?

There are 395 calories per portion in this Spaghetti Amatriciana, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category. 

This Spaghetti Amatriciana is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Spray a pan with low calorie cooking spray.

Step 2

Sauté the bacon and onions over a medium heat for 10-15 minutes, until the bacon crisps and the onions soften and caramelise.

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Step 3

Stir in the chilli flakes and tomato puree and cook for 30 seconds.

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Step 4

Add the tomatoes and Worcestershire sauce, stir and increase the heat until the sauce bubbles.

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Step 5

Reduce the heat and allow to gently simmer for 15 minutes.

Step 6

Meanwhile, bring a pan of salted water to the boil and cook the spaghetti according to packet instructions, usually between 9-12 minutes.

Step 7

When cooked, drain the spaghetti and add to the pan of sauce. Stir to coat the spaghetti well.

Step 8

Divide into 4 pasta bowls and top with a sprinkling of grated Pecorino and some freshly ground black pepper.

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What could I serve with this Spaghetti Amatriciana?

This Spaghetti Amatriciana works really well when served with any of the following accompaniments:

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How do you know when this Spaghetti Amatriciana is cooked?

Sauté the bacon and onions for 10-15 minutes and then you should cook the sauce for this Spaghetti Amatriciana for around 15 minutes.

Cook the spaghetti according to the packet instructions – usually around 9-12 minutes.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Spaghetti Amatriciana in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Spaghetti Amatriciana in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze Spaghetti Amatriciana?

You can freeze the sauce for this Spaghetti Amatriciana recipe before adding it to the spaghetti.  Please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat Spaghetti Amatriciana?

From chilled: Heat in a microwave until piping hot throughout.

From frozen: Defrost the sauce thoroughly and heat in a pan until piping hot throughout, before following the recipe from Step 6.

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Spaghetti Amatriciana

This Spaghetti Amatriciana is a milder alternative to Arrabbiata and is perfect if you're counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers.
  • Prep Time
    5 MINS
  • Cook Time
    25 MINS
  • KCals 395
  • Carbs 65G
  • WW Points:
  • 9 Green
  • 9 Blue
  • 9 Purple

Ingredients

  • 325 g spaghetti
  • 400 g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 100 g bacon medallions
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 15 g Pecorino cheese finely grated
  • pinch of granulated sweetener or sugar
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Spray a pan with low calorie cooking spray.
  2. Sauté the bacon and onions over a medium heat for 10-15 minutes, until the bacon crisps and the onions soften and caramelise.
  3. Stir in the chilli flakes and tomato puree and cook for 30 seconds.
  4. Add the tomatoes and Worcestershire sauce, stir and increase the heat until the sauce bubbles.
  5. Reduce the heat and allow to gently simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, bring a pan of salted water to the boil and cook the spaghetti according to packet instructions, usually between 9-12 minutes.
  7. When cooked, drain the spaghetti and add to the pan of sauce. Stir to coat the spaghetti well.
  8. Divide into 4 pasta bowls and top with a sprinkling of grated Pecorino and some freshly ground black pepper.

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