Fettuccine alla Romana

Fettuccine alla Romana is a classic Roman pasta dish that encapsulates the simplicity and bold flavors of traditional Roman cuisine. Rooted in the heart of Italy, this dish highlights the influence of Roman culinary traditions, known for their emphasis on fresh and high-quality ingredients. Fettuccine pasta, wider than its more famous cousin, fettuccine, is paired with a rich and savory sauce made from pancetta, Pecorino Romano cheese, and black pepper. This delightful combination creates a comforting and satisfying dish that stands as a testament to the enduring appeal of Roman comfort food.


  • Easy

Wine Pairings

  • Not Available

Servings For :

  • 4 People


  • Approximately 20 minutes of preparation and cooking


  • Inexpensive to moderate

Italy Region

  • Lazio


  • Not Available


  • 400g (about 14 oz) of fettuccine pasta
  • 150g (about 5 oz) of pancetta, diced
  • 1 cup of Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt for boiling pasta
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)


  1. In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil. Cook the fettuccine pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Reserve a cup of pasta cooking water before draining.
  2. In a large skillet, heat a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced pancetta and sauté until it becomes crispy and golden brown.
  3. Once the pasta is cooked, transfer it directly to the skillet with the crispy pancetta. Toss gently to coat the fettuccine evenly with the flavorful pancetta.
  4. Add a ladle of the reserved pasta cooking water to the skillet to create a silky sauce.
  5. Stir in the grated Pecorino Romano cheese, allowing it to melt into the pasta and create a creamy texture.
  6. Season the dish with freshly ground black pepper to taste. Adjust the salt if needed, keeping in mind that Pecorino Romano is salty.
  7. Optionally, garnish with chopped fresh parsley for a burst of color and freshness.
  8. Serve the Fettuccine alla Romana hot, allowing everyone to enjoy the comforting and savory flavors of this Roman classic.
  9. Enjoy this simple yet satisfying dish that captures the essence of Roman culinary heritage.

Fettuccine alla Romana is a testament to the Roman love for bold flavors and straightforward combinations. The marriage of crispy pancetta, Pecorino Romano cheese, and black pepper creates a timeless and comforting dish that reflects the enduring charm of Roman cuisine.

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