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Spicy Bucatini Pasta

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Spicy Bucatini Pasta
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 55 min
  • Servings 6
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Have a spicy taste of Italy with a little pasta, tomatoes and bacon.
Updated Aug 17, 2010

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 red jalapeño chile, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/4 pound sliced bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 4 cups chopped plum (Roma) tomatoes
  • 1 package (16 ounces) bucatini pasta

Steps

  • 1
    In 4-quart Dutch oven or 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook parsley, thyme, onion and chile in oil about 3 minutes, stirring frequently, just until onion is soft.
  • 2
    Stir in bacon. Cook about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until bacon is crisp. Drain fat, reserving 2 tablespoons; discard remaining fat.
  • 3
    Stir vinegar into bacon mixture; cook until evaporated. Stir in tomatoes and reserved bacon fat. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Add pasta to tomato mixture. Cook over high heat about 3 minutes, tossing gently, until pasta is evenly coated.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Two 28-ounce cans Italian-style pear-shaped tomatoes, drained and chopped, can be substituted for the fresh tomatoes.
  • tip 2
    Bucatini is a long hollow noodle that resembles a drinking straw. It originated in Naples and the word bucato means, "with a hole."
  • tip 3
    You can use spaghetti for the bucatini.

Nutrition

380 Calories, 9g Total Fat, 13g Protein, 67g Total Carbohydrate

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
380
Calories from Fat
80
Total Fat
9g
0%
Saturated Fat
2g
0%
Cholesterol
5mg
0%
Sodium
100mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
67g
0%
Dietary Fiber
5g
0%
Protein
13g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
14%
14%
Vitamin C
32%
32%
Calcium
2%
2%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
4 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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