Amor Towles’s Fettucine Mio Amore

Fettucine Mio Amore, the dish that Duchess makes for Emmett, Woolly, Billy, and Sally in THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY is an homage to my old friend and a favorite of the Towles family. -Amor Towles


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 large or two small onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 pound smoked American bacon, cut crosswise into ¼ inch strips
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 cup crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce (and not an ounce more!)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1216 ounces fettuccine, preferably fresh


  1. In a reasonably deep saucepan, cook the onions in the olive oil until soft and translucent, then set the onions aside. In the same pan, fry the bacon with the bay leaf until the bacon is brown but not crisp.  Pour off most, but not all of the bacon fat.
  2. Add back the onions, the white wine, and let simmer for a few minutes. Add the tomato sauce, chicken broth, oregano, and pepper flakes. Stir and let simmer another ten minutes. (Add a little more chicken broth as necessary, if the sauce is drying out.)  Meanwhile, cook the fettuccine. Toss about 1/4 of the sauce with the fettuccine and parmesan, divide the pasta on the plates, then spoon the rest of the sauce on top of the pasta.

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