Spaghetti alla Fiamma {Flaming Spaghetti}


Can I just say, how much I LOVE using my kitchen torch! Any opportunity to do so & I’m in! Who wouldn’t want a plate of flaming spaghetti? I mean hello those Japanese Steak Houses aren’t so popular for no reason ; ) Spaghetti alla Fiamma, pronounced well duh I think you can get Spaghetti all-a Fee-ah-ma is a plate full of fiery pasta goodness. And you have a huge helping of peas in there too so it’s a good way to sneak in those veggies.


This dish has it all, veggies, a little spice (not too hot though so don’t be afraid – but if you can stand it go ahead & chuck some more in), some glorious pancetta, and well we could just be done there. Pancetta the Ferrari of bacon! But oh no, we’re not done! There’s cheese & herbs… oh I’m salivating. & did I mention quick? Yep! Love it!


It’s perfect for entertaining, I mean hello dinner & a show! What more could they ask for!

Baci e’ Buon Feste!

What you need:
1 lb box of Spaghetti
1 small bag of frozen peas
100g of Pancetta (or bacon) – chopped
50g of Unsalted Butter
1 Onion – chopped
1 Bouillon Cube – crushed
1 small piece of Red Chili Pepper
1 good handful of Fresh Rosemary – chopped fine
1 shotglass of Brandy
1/2 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 tbsp of Grana Padano – Grated

& just in case you need a converter look over there in the right hand column & PATOW! There you go ; ) Isn’t that just the neatest little thing?

What to do:
Put a large pot of generously salted water onto boil for pasta. Into a large saute pan add the Oil, Pancetta, Rosemary & Onion & cook over medium heat until bacon is cooked, and onions are translucent. Once cooked, add in peas & stir well. Sprinkle the bouillon on top & then Pour 1/2 of the shot glass of Brandy on top. Add in a ladle full of warm water and let it cook for approx 10 mins over low heat. In the meantime, cook your pasta until al dente. When pasta is done, drain and return to pasta pot. Add in the butter & cheese & toss until combined well. Transfer Pasta to saute pan and toss again until well combined. Transfer to serving plate. CAREFULLY Heat the remainder of Brandy over stove top & when warm pour on top of Spaghetti. CAREFULLY set the Spaghetti aflame with your kitchen torch. When flame is extinguished serve immediately.

Buon Appetito!



  1. 1

    Hi! It’s my first time to your blog! Everything looks so wonderful! 🙂

  2. 2

    (insert Beavis and Butthead voice) Fire Fire Fire!

    Love anything that involves booze and fire! Awesome job!

  3. 3

    Love pancetta & peas. And now, I have to get a kitchen torch! Your photos are gorgeous.

    • 3.1

      Thanks a bunch Priscilla! I think you’ll LOVE a kitchen torch. It’s for so much more than creme brulee’ (not that there’s anything wrong with only being for creme brulee’ lol)

  4. 4

    Flambe is always a fun treat especially in the dining room makes for a wonderful presentation.

    • 4.1

      Thanks Chef Ryan! I really wanted to get a picture of it flaming but alas I need another set of hands LOL!

  5. 5

    before you know it we’ll be seeing you at benihanas! hehehe! The pasta looks delicious!

    • 5.1

      LOL Mitzi! You know, I would love to learn some of their knife skills ; )

  6. 6

    “The Ferrari of bacon”–LOL, love it!!!! This sounds delicious!

  7. 7

    Looks lovely! Hadn’t heard of this dish before… sounds like a great way to impress guests. (Though with my luck we’d wind up calling 911, lol!)

    • 7.1

      Grazie mille Frank! We got this recipe when we were living in Friuli! Just love it! & trust me, if my clumbsy self hasn’t set the house on fire, you’re probably safe (sto ridendo)

  8. 8

    YUMMY! I even have all the stuffs for it in the house, HELLO DINNER!

  9. 9

    This reminds me a little of carbonara. (minus the eggs) That is my favorite! This looks so so good! Well done.

    • 9.1

      Thanks Miranda! Spaghetti alla Carbonara is my favorite too (I have a recipe on here for mine) Could eat it everyday!

  10. 10

    Good, I like your blog

  11. 11

    congratulations on the Top9!!! Beautiful dish!

    • 11.1

      Thanks Dokuzuncubulut! (that’s a mouthful ; ) I really appreciate it!

  12. 12
    Frank Mosher /

    How can I print off this recipe to try it?

    • 12.1

      Hi Frank! Right now we don’t have a print function, so sadly you’ll have to go old school & copy & paste. Hope that helps.

  13. 13

    I think we’re going to try this one tonight. Flaming Spaghetti sounds like a great way to usher in the new year!

  14. 14

    Love flaming stuff. i just set a christmas pudding on fire, can’t wait to flame some pasta now! Happy new year!

    • 14.1

      Thanks Ann! Me too! I’m going to have to get a refill for my torch soon, it’s almost out ; ) Happy New Year!

  15. 15

    That sounds fantastic! I’m afraid of flambeing though. Maybe I’ll get the nerve to try this!

  16. 16
    Ryan /

    I was skeptical that the brandy would not actually catch the flame, mix with the other ingredients and fall to the bottom of the dish. This is exactly what happened in my experience, and the wonderful flambe spectacle didn’t happen… good thing i took it for a test drive before serving in front of anyone else! Any suggestions?

    Ps. just found your site today, and i already have 3 recipes that i am looking forward to trying. wonderful pictures – i never buy a cook book without them! keep up the wonderful site!

  17. 17

    Hello I am Italian and I tell you that I will try this recipe because it seems very tasty! Greetings from Milan, Italy

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