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What is cavatappi amatriciana?

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Cavatappi amatriciana is an Italian dish that consists of cavatappi, a type of pasta in a spiraling tube shape, and amatriciana sauce. Amatriciana sauce consists primarily of guanciale, pecorino cheese and tomato.

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Most historians agree that the name for the sauce comes from the tiny mountain town of Amatrice in the country's Lazio region. This was a poor person's dish, originally, and the most traditional versions of the sauce consist of only three ingredients, smoked pork jowl (guanciale), tomatoes and cheese. Cavatappi is a whimsical pasta whose name derives from the Italian word for "corkscrew." A more traditional name for this dish is cavatappi all'amatriciana.

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