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Authentic Spaghetti alla Gricia

Spaghetti alla Gricia

  • Author: Cook Homey
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


Spaghetti alla Gricia is a quick and fantastic pasta dish. What I love about these Roman pastas is the fact, that you’ll need only a few ingredients and the result is simply delicious.


  • 200g Guanciale
  • 300g Spaghetti
  • 150g Pecorino Romano
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (optional)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Pasta water


  1. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add your pasta and stir occasionally.
  2. Cook guanciale in a large skillet over medium heat for about 7 minutes. The fat should partially render out and everything will get nicely brown and crispy. Transfer the bacon to a bowl while keeping the fat in the pan.
  3. Season the rendered fat with freshly ground black pepper. Add some pasta water and bring it up to a gentle boil. Before your pasta is al dente, start transforming it into the pan. When it looks a little bit dry, add more pasta water as needed to keep the sauce creamy. Stir well.
  4. Once the pasta is al dente, turn the heat off. Add Pecorino cheese gradually and start to toss and stir immediately to help the sauce emulsify.
  5. Put the cooked guanciale back into the pan and stir again. Serve topped with extra Pecorino and freshly ground black pepper.


Always salt the water before cooking pasta.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 878
  • Sugar: 1.7g
  • Fat: 61.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 15.5
  • Carbohydrates: 44.8g
  • Fiber: 7.4g
  • Protein: 38.9

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