Rigatoni with Bacon, Onion and Balsamic Vinegar (Mezze Rigatoni all’Amatriciana a Modena)
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Rigatoni with Bacon, Onion and Balsamic Vinegar (Mezze Rigatoni all’Amatriciana a Modena)

This recipe originally appeared on the Rachael Ray Show. For more recipes and videos from the show visit RachaelRayShow.com.

Ingredients

  • About 3 tablespoons EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    • 8 ounces meaty guanciale 

      or pancetta, cut into 1/4-inch dice

    • 2 medium onions, finely chopped

    • 1 teaspoon sugar 

      or Acacia honey

    • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

    • Salt and pepper

    • 2 large fresh bay leaves

    • 1 cup chicken stock

    • 1 tablespoon aged Balsamic vinegar (the thicker the better)

    • 1 28-ounce can San Marzano tomatoes

    • 1 Parm rind (cut off your Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese chunk!)

    • 1 pound mezze rigatoni, rigatoni 

      or penne rigate

    • Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, to toss and serve

    Preparation

    Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta.

    Heat a large saucepot or skillet over medium to medium-high heat with EVOO, 3 turns of the pan. Add guanciale or pancetta and render 2-3 minutes; add onions, sugar or honey, salt and pepper. Add bay leaves and partially cover to soften, 5-6 minutes. Add stock and balsamic, and let it evaporate into the onions, 2-3 minutes. Add tomatoes and Parm rind, breaking the tomatoes up with a spoon. Simmer until ready to serve.

    Cook pasta 1 minute less than package directions to al dente, reserving 1 cup starchy water before draining.

    Remove bay leaves from sauce. Toss pasta with sauce, starchy water and a handful of cheese. Serve in shallow bowls with more cheese passed at the table.

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