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Sophia Loren's Pasta Sauce

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 ounces pancetta, diced very small
  • 3 small onions, sliced or chopped
  • 1/2 medium size fresh or dried chile pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh tomatoes, skinned, or 1 large can small diced tomatoes
  • 6 to 8 large fresh basil leaves, sliced very thin
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly grated locatello or other good parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/4 pounds bucatini pasta or other large pasta

Instructions

  1. Heat oil and butter over medium heat and add pancetta and onions. When onions are golden, add chile pepper, tomatoes, basil and a good pinch of salt.
  2. Cook for 15 minutes so flavors are nicely combined.
  3. While this simmers, cook the pasta and drain. Toss all together. Add cheese generously.

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