* Note: See the "Basic Tomato Sauce" recipe which is included in this collection.
Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil and add 2 tablespoons salt.
In a large 12- to 14-inch sauté pan heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, pancetta and sauté until the onion is translucent and very soft, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add the red pepper flakes and Basic Tomato Sauce and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
Add the penne to the boiling water and cook according to the package directions, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain the pasta in a colander over the sink.
Pour the hot pasta into the sauce pan. Return the pasta mixture to the stove and cook for about 1 minute longer, mixing thoroughly. Pour the pasta into a heated serving dish, sprinkle with lots of grated cheese and serve immediately.
Source: MOLTO MARIO with Mario Batali From the TV FOOD NETWORK - (Show # MB-5648)