Anna Imparato made this ingeniously simple dish at a luncheon at the Montevetrano winery in Campania in Southern Italy. She tossed her pasta in a sweet-tart onion-orange marmalade made at the estate; in its place, this recipe calls for caramelized onions and store-bought orange marmalade.
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 ounces thinly sliced pancetta, finely chopped
- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
- 2 teaspoons chopped rosemary
- 2 tablespoons orange marmalade
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 pound dried pasta, such as garganelli, fusilli, or rotini
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- In a saucepan, heat the oil. Add the pancetta and cook over moderate heat until browned and most of the fat has been rendered, 4 minutes. Add the onion and rosemary, cover and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion is tender and golden, 10 minutes. Stir in the marmalade; season with salt and pepper.
- Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/3 cup of the cooking water.
- Return the pasta to the saucepan. Add the onion-orange mixture and the reserved cooking water; toss well. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to plates. Sprinkle with the cheese and serve right away.
- The marmalade mixture can be made up to 4 hours ahead.