Bucatini with Tomatoes Recipe

Nancy Piran | The Bitter Side of Sweet

Bucatini with Tomatoes is a simple supper you won't be able to resist. Talk about an easy weeknight meal!

Hey guys! I am back with another easy to make, yet fabulous pasta dish!

I am incredibly excited about this one because it is inspired by lots of different types of pasta dishes that I ate while our family was in Italy over the summer.

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We tend to eat a whole lot of pizza because let’s face it, Italian pizza is like no other!

This time around I really wanted to eat some really good pasta dishes and you know what? Italy did not disappoint me with that.

My mother in law, as I’ve told you before, uses very seasonal produce to make her sauces.

Since tomatoes were in abundance while we were there, I knew I wanted it to be one of my main ingredients in this bucatini with tomatoes dish.

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So what is bucatini?

Bucatini is a spaghetti like pasta, similar to bigoli except it has a hole running through the center of it. You can use this type of pasta for any dish that calls for spaghetti.

You typically find bucatini in a very classic dish called bucatini all'Amatriciana. Which when I told my husband that I wanted to add tomatoes and bucatini together he mentioned this dish first.

One tip about trying to find bucatini in the grocery stores. When looking for bucatini I normally have to purchase it in my local Target.

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I have yet to find it in other stores but I only have a few grocery stores to choose from. You can also purchase it off of Amazon.

The price is fairly close to what you will find on the shelf, so it is definitely a good alternative.

How to make the sauce? This sauce is super simple! You basically cook everything in one pan and pour it over the pasta when it is done. It has big flavor but is not too heavy.

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What is pancetta? Pancetta is Italian bacon that you can find in grocery stores.

If you can’t find it, it is ok to substitute with center cut bacon. The taste will be a little different but will work the same.

If you are looking for more pasta dishes how about trying these out! Creamy Broccoli and Ham Bucatini or Italian Sausage and Artichoke Pasta.

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Bucatini with Tomatoes Recipe

    4 Servings


  • 12 ounces Bucatini Pasta
  • 1/2 Onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 4 ounces Pancetta
  • 3 Roma Tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 Green Onions, chopped
  • 2 sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water cook bucatini according to package. Reserve 2 tablespoons water then drain, return pasta to pot.
  2. While it cooks add olive oil and onion to large sauté pan. Cook for 3 minutes or until onions are softened.
  3. Add pancetta cook for 5 minutes, continue to stir. Add in tomatoes, green onions, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir.
  4. Slowly stir in heavy cream.
  5. Pour sauce over pasta and toss. Add in reserved water and continue to toss until pasta is well coated.
  6. Serve immediately and ENJOY!


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Author: Nancy Piran
Recipe Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 348
Calories 741

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 44g
  Saturated Fat 20g
Sodium 336mg
Total Carbohydrate 64g
  Dietary Fiber 3g
  Sugars 5g
Protein 15g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Nancy Piran

About Nancy

Nancy has been writing about good food on The Bitter Side of Sweet for years now. We're pretty stoked that she's our Puff Pastry fanatic, because it's about to get deliciously epic.

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