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Delicious Pasta e Patate Recipe 🇮🇹

This easy, comforting dish is made with pantry staples!

Pasta e patate is a warm, comforting dish consisting of pasta and potatoes. It’s easy to whip up and can be made with pantry staples. I like to add a bit of smokey pancetta and top it with lots of fresh grated Parmigiano. Serve this dish with a Primitivo or Sangiovese!


  • 1 lb pasta of choice
  • 2 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup pancetta, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup tomato puree
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated, as needed
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • Olive oil as needed


  1. In a saute pan, cook pancetta until fat renders then add the onion, carrot and potatoes with a little olive oil. Stir so that it doesn’t stick.
  2. Add tomato puree and garlic, stir.
  3. In a pot of salted, boiling water, cook pasta until about 2 minutes before al dente. Pasta should still be firm. 
  4. Meanwhile, while the pasta is cooking, use a measuring cup to scoop out a cup of pasta water and add it to the potatoes. Let it reduce while the pasta cooks. 
  5. Transfer pasta to the potatoes with a cup more of pasta water and stir to combine. Let the water reduce and the pasta finish cooking (al dente). The consistency should be starchy and thick.
  6. Add salt, pepper and Parmigiano to taste. 

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