Inspiration. As a food lover, food blogger, and food cooker I am always looking for new inspiration. Ways to inspire me to do food better. Sometimes that comes by eating a new fruit. Sometimes that comes by trying a new recipe. Or sometimes it comes by discovering a new ingredient. The latter is what we are talking about today.
A couple months ago, I saw a show on Food Network involving a celebrity cook-off between two teams, one lead by Rachel Ray and the other buy Guy Fieri. I wasn't watching it to be educated on food, more to see how much of a train wreck it would be. One of the dishes they made on the show was a simple tomato and basil pasta. That kind of dish is not original, but what struck me was the pasta one of the contestant uses - Bucatini. I had never heard of this pasta before, but I was intrigued by it.
What is Bucatini?
Bucatini is a spaghetti style (long string-like) pasta. The name "Bucatini" derives from the Italian word "buco" which means hole. The cool thing about is that it has a hole right through the center. This is great for serving with any sauce. I like the texture of the pasta way better than any spaghetti type without a hole. If you want to up the ante of your favorite spaghetti recipe definitely use this pasta.
How Long Does Bucatini Take to Cook?
Buctani on average takes about 9 minutes to cook. I boil it in a gallon of salted water. I don't break the pasta like some people do to fit it in the pan. It only take a few seconds of the pasta is soften enough where you can bend it so it's completely submerged.
My Favorite Thing to Use it For?
The answer is basically everything If I have the choice I will always pick it over spaghetti. I love using it for a traditional tomato, roasted garlic, and basil sauce. I posted a recipe for this kind of dish earlier.
Have you ever had Bucatini? What do you think of it? Leave a comment below.