The ability to pull off a meal in about 30 minutes is an enormous social asset—and it’s quite possible. This recipe is a pan pasta sauce for bucatini (hollow spaghetti) that doesn’t require endless simmering and can be turned out from a well-stocked pantry.
What to buy:
Look for the famed San Marzano tomatoes in Italian groceries. If you can’t find them, substitute regular canned whole tomatoes.
Bucatini pasta works great here because the hollow centers get filled with sauce. You can substitute spaghetti if you can’t find bucatini.
This recipe was featured in our How to Make Pancetta story.
Beverage pairing: A high-acid varietal like Barbera would definitely pair well with this dish. Although Barbera can be vinified in various ways, look for one that has little or no oak influence, as this could prove problematic with the heat from the pepper flakes. Simple, juicy, pure fruit is best. Try the 2003 Agostino Pavia Barbera d’Asti Bricco Blina.