Author Notes: The guanciale and Pecorino gives this pasta dish so much flavor. What we also love is this recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes and the addition of greens makes it feel slightly healthy. —Cooks and Kid
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
tablespoons olive oil
ounces guanciale, diced (alternatively pancetta)
cloves of garlic, peeled and left whole
teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
sage leaves, finely chopped (alternatively a few sprigs of thyme)
ounces dried short pasta
ounces baby greens, such as kale, spinach, chard or arugula
cup freshly grated Pecorino
- In a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil. Once hot, add guanciale, garlic, and red pepper. Stir frequently and cook for about 5-7 minutes, or until the guanciale is rendered and golden. If the garlic starts to burn remove it from the pan and add it back later when finishing the sauce.
- Add the sage to the pan and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the greens and stir until just wilted, turn off and remove from the heat.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta 2 minutes less than the cooking instructions suggest. Drain the pasta very well and add it to the pan with the guanciale. Turn on the heat to medium-high and toss the pasta frequently in the guanciale and greens about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the Pecorino, stir well to combine. Serve while hot.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Umami-Centric Recipe