Giada De Laurentiis’ Pasta alla Gricia | Giada’s Italian Weeknight Dinners | Food Network

Giada is in her house kitchen area showing make one of her preferred summer season meals. It's an easy, however delicious meal with only two main active ingredients– pasta and bacon!
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Pasta alla Gricia
Level: Easy
Overall: 30 minutes
Active: 15 min
Yield: 6 portions


12 ounces applewood smoked bacon, diced
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
Kosher salt
1 pound linguine pasta
1/2 cup newly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
1/2 cup newly grated Pecorino Romano


Add the bacon to a big skillet. Location over medium heat and cook till the fat is rendered and the bacon is crispy, about 20 minutes. Drain pipes all however 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat from the pan. Stir in the pepper and reserved.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Season it kindly with salt. Prepare the pasta for 2 minutes less than the package directions, about 8 minutes. Add 1 cup of the pasta water to the pan with the bacon, return the pan to medium-high heat and cook, scraping up the bits from the bottom of the skillet with a wood spoon, up until slightly decreased, about 1 minute.

Using tongs, get rid of the pasta from the water and add it straight to the pan with the sauce. Sprinkle the pasta with the cheese and start to toss the pasta with the sauce. Continue to stir over low heat and toss till the sauce thickens and coats the pasta and the pasta is prepared through, 2 to 3 minutes. (Through this process, you may need to include more pasta water to assist cook the pasta and maintain a sauce. This might take up to a cup more pasta water.) Serve topped with more cheese if wanted.

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Giada De Laurentiis' Pasta alla Gricia|Giada's Italian Weeknight Dinners|Food Network

Giada De Laurentiis' Pasta alla Gricia | Giada’s Italian Weeknight Dinners | Food Network

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  1. Whoever’s reading this, I pray that whatever your going through gets better and whatever your struggling with or worrying about is going to be fine and that everyone has a fantastic day! Amen..

    1. @Shawn Giver Italians use unsmoked bacon! She claims to be the Italian cooking expert!

    2. Sorry are you deaf? She couldn’t find anything else other than bacon in time for the video.

  2. I also have Italian blood we’re both Italian my mom side of the family is Italian but she’s not full Italian my deceased grandpa was the Italian one and is also Irish so my great grandpa came from Sicily and my great Grandmother came from Ireland

  3. Ma che diavolo è ‘sta cosa? Sarà forse buona, ma di sicuro non è una Gricia… None uses linguine: none!

  4. Giada always looks to skinny. Get some meat on those bones, girl! ^-^

    But the pasta looks amazing. I love pasta, and pasta loves me right back. Right around the waistline! ^-^

    1. Incestuous pasta! So deliciously naughty! LOL! I just had to laugh when Giada just casually mentioned that they are all related and come from each other, which is undoubtedly true. Just made my brain take that in a weird direction.

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