Pasta Amatriciana

A study released recently now ties a pregnant mother’s obesity with a greater risk of having an Autistic child. The study shows a 67% greater risk in the 1000 mothers that participated. (Note: Let me point out I have no idea how valid this study is and I sincerely hope that is not accurate.) But we do know with out a doubt that obesity is a contributing factor in heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. How much more do we need to know before it becomes the health care profession’s responsibility to actively encourage and “prescribe” preventative measures to get this epidemic under control?

We hear stories about food stamps being used to purchase junk food and the sorry state of the other aspects of the Farm Bill that (through every fault of their own) our government is foisting upon us. Currently, either because of ignorance or neglect, our government is making a mess of our food systems. Should it not also be the responsibility of our government to be as aware and effective as possible when it comes to these epidemics?

Or should we just sit back and run with the old adage: to each his own? People should be responsible for themselves and if they want to become obese then they should be allowed, right? I think yes and no. If people are well informed on all of the risks associated with a high fat, high sugar, processed food diet and still choose that path then yes, they are free to do so. But, like the dangers of cigarette smoking, I believe that the massive amount of information that is currently in the hands of a few needs to be properly disseminated among the many so they have the power to make an informed decision. They currently do not have that information. Just as the smoking population decreased substantially after the “no smoking” campaigns of the 70’s so would the obesity epidemic if the same sort of public education effort was put forth.

Like the smoking campaign where the most success was keeping people from starting, the obesity campaign should be aimed at preventative care. We are pointed in the right direction by our first lady and a few other stalwart heros. But is it enough? I don’t think so. I think that we need to be screaming it from every news outlet, every social network and in every classroom. We have a real huge problem, and the pun was not meant to be funny.

On that note, I suggest eating the following in moderation:


  • 1 lb. Penne Pasta
  • 6 Pieces of Bacon
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 16 oz Tomato Sauce (preferably San Marzano)
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Red Wine
  • Dried Oregano
  • Salt and Pepper


  • Large Pan
  • Large Stock Pot
  • Chef’s Knife
  1. Put water on for pasta.
  2. Sauté bacon until crispy. 
  3. Set aside to drain on paper towels.
  4. Drain all but about 2 -3 tablespoons of the bacon grease.
  5. Pasta water should be boiling. Add pasta.
  6. Add a large glug of wine and reduce by half, and deglaze the pan.
  7. Sauté onion and garlic.
  8. Add tomato sauce, another glug of wine, oregano, and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
  9. Crumple bacon into the sauce and stir in.
  10. Sauté for 10 minutes, reducing slightly.
  11. Adjust seasoning.
  12. The pasta should be al dente. Add it to the sauce and mix thoroughly.
Serve with grated parmesan or pecorino.
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