21 Bucatini Recipes That'll Make It Your New Favorite Noodle

Bucatini is essentially a thick spaghetti noodle with a hole through the center. Naturally, like many Italian noodles, bucatini takes its name from its shape. In Italian, "buco" means "hole." So why should you love a noodle with a hole through the center? Simple - the mouthfeel on these long and lovely strips of carbs is unmatchable.

Toss in a handful of toasted pancetta or drizzle on some EVOO. Almost anything you choose to do with these noodles will be delicious. So have fun and be creative. Need some ideas? Here are 20 great ones.

1. Chicken Tetrazzini 

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Spoon Fork Bacon

Carbs, chicken, cream, and mushrooms topped with a cream sauce with a crunchy panko topping. What could be a more satisfying dish to welcome fall?

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2. Winter Pesto + Sweet Potatoes Bucatini

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Country Living

There are so many colors blended into this pasta dish that you would think you're enjoying summer's bounty if it weren't for the fall flavors.

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3. Bucatini Spicy Shrimp+ Arugula+ + Breadcrumbs

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Serious Eats

Lighten things up with the clean flavor of shrimp and a peppery kick of arugula. Of course, you can't forget to top your carbs with, well, more carbs. So welcome those breadcrumbs!

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4. Meatball + Sweet Pepper Bucatini

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A Glug of Oil

The power that frozen food gives you in the kitchen really shines in this dish. From freezer to table in 30 min. Say hello to your new favorite weeknight meal.

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5. Bucatini All'Amatriciana

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Memorie di Angelina

This dish is part of the 'Romulus and Remus' duo of Roman cooking. The other half being spaghetti alla carbonara. In English, however, we might simply call this dish classic comfort.

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6. BLT Bucatini Pasta Salad

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Or Whatever You Do

Why shouldn't you use long, gangly noodles in your pasta salad? You know it's going to be fun to eat.

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7. Bucatini with Lacinato Kale

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Frites & Fries

This recipe is basically an excuse to claim that you're eating greens with your otherwise buttery and indulgent pasta

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8. Bucatini with Sausage and Kale

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The Foodie Affair

With only five ingredients - including lots of garlic and parmesan - this hearty dish not only makes a great dinner, but leftovers are perfect to take to work the next day.

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9. Bucatini Puttanesca 

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Saving Room for Dessert

For those who like a briny, tangy puttanesca sauce, this recipe is a must-try. When paired with hearty, chewy noodles, this classic Roman dish tastes like it was upgraded. If that is even possible.

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10. Bucatini alla pizzaiola

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Memorie di Angelina

This pizza-themed pasta bake is bursting with the traditional flavors of Neapolitan pizza. At least that is before pizza alla Margherita dethroned it as the classic vegetarian alternative.

Get the recipe here.

11. Dad's Bucatini Pie

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Food & Wine

Live life on the edge - bake your pasta into a pie with an outrageous amount of parmesan. Go ahead, do it.

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12. Eggplant + Tomato Bucatini

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Denver Post

Italians are particularly fond of eggplant. Don't deprive yourself of this essential ingredient. Start incorporating it into your pasta immediately.

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13. Charred Cauliflower Carbonara

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How Sweet It Is

Cauliflower roasted in bacon grease is heaven on earth. When you add it to pasta it's basically like transporting yourself to Nirvana.

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14. Bacon + Egg + Brussels Carbonara

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How Sweet It Is

This fall's latest spin on breakfast for dinner.

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15. Bucatini Carbonara

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Center Cut Cook

Up the ante on a classic Italian dish. Who knew that improving spaghetti carbonara was as easy as changing up the noodles?

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16. Bucatini with Nettle-Pecan Pesto

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Leite's Culinaria

Surprise! Did you know that you could eat nettles? Yep, these pesky stinging plants are actually like a sexier version of spinach when cooked. Try it out.

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17. Arugula + Almond Pesto + Heirloom Tomatoes Bucatini

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Feasting at Home

In this recipe, it's difficult to decide if the fresh ingredients or the colorful presentation are the most appealing aspect of the dish.

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18. Pesto + Burrata Bucatini

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How Sweet It Is

Bright pesto paired with cream-filled mozzarella on a pasta that has so much mouthfeel, the result is unbelievable. You won't even be sad there's no meat.

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19. Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo

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Girl Gone Gourmet

Sun-dried tomato Alfredo sauce on hearty bucatini. This simple 5-ingredient recipe just tastes oh so gourmet.

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20. Bucatini Chicken Confit

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Tasting Table

What happens when a French classic and an Italian staple meet on the same plate? This dish.

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21. Hearty Bucatini Bolognese

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Honest Cooking

Warm up your stomach and your heart with this thick pasta dish that is slowly cooked to flavorful perfection.

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