Yellow Squash all'Amatriciana with Pancetta and Spicy Tomato Sauce


All'Amatriciana, a spicy Italian pasta sauce, is traditionally made with guanciale, salt-cured pork jowl. Pancetta is much easier to find and is a fantastic substitute, while thinly sliced yellow squash is a wonderful gluten-free alternative to semolina noodles. Slideshow:  More Gluten-Free Recipes 

Yellow Squash all'Amatriciana with Pancetta and Spicy Tomato Sauce
Photo: © Emily Farris
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins


  • 2 ounces pancetta, 1/4-inch dice

  • 1 small white onion, thinly sliced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 35-ounce can whole peeled Italian tomatoes with juices, crushed by hand

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 medium yellow squash, julienned on mandoline

  • Kosher salt

  • Black pepper


  1. In a large saucepan, sauté the diced pancetta over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until browned and the fat rendered, about 5 minutes. Add the onion, garlic and red pepper and sauté for 5 more minutes, until onions are soft and beginning to brown. Add the canned tomatoes with their juices, stir, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally for 40 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and keep warm.

  2. In a large skillet, heat the oil over moderate heat. Add the squash and sauté for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add 2 cups of the Amatriciana sauce, toss, and serve.

Make Ahead

The Amatriciana sauce can be made up to two days ahead and refrigerated. Reheat the sauce before serving.

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