Timballo di Bucatini {Bucatini Timbale}

Bucatini Timbale

I know it’s spring and typically one doesn’t eat baked pasta in spring, but our weather as been bi-polar lately. It’s been 80 degrees one day and then 40 degrees or 60 degrees the next. So not only have we had to turn the heater back on, I’ve fired up the oven for a few comfort dishes. Baked Pasta is one of those!

Bucatini is one of my favorite long pastas. I love that it’s kinda chunky and is straw like. Making it incredibly fun to twirl ; ) Sadly, it’s not always the easiest to find outside of gourmet shops. So you can imagine my happiness when I was in, where else but Tar-jay and saw that a certain someone named Giada had Bucatini in her pasta line. SCORE!

I usually make this with some cubed ham too, but I didn’t have any in the fridge and was just too tired to go to the grocery ; ) So if you have some on hand, feel free to add about a cup of cubed ham in the mix ; )

Another one of my favorite dishes to make with Bucataini is Bucatini all’Amatriciana {fabu}


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What you’ll need:
1 pound Bucatini
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 small onion – minced
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 1/2 cups stock
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 cups fresh mozzarella – cubed

What to do:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Place a large pot of generously salted water onto boil. When boiling, add bucatini and cook just shy of al dente. Drain, set aside.

3. Into a large saute pan, add butter and melt over medium-low heat. Add onions and saute until translucent. Add flour, and cook for an additional minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add in stock, whisking as you go. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne.

4. Spray an oven proof dish {large enough to accommodate your pasta/sauce} with cooking spray.

5. Add pasta to saute pan. Carefully toss pasta to combine. Transfer pasta to oven proof dish.

6. Add Mozzarella and toss to combine. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes until bubbly.

Buon Appetito!


  1. 1

    Hi Paula,

    The pasta looks amazing and your photos are lovely. I have to make this for my family, they will love it.

  2. 2

    Gorgeous looking dish, Paula. I’ve never had this, but I think I need to hit print and put it on this week’s menu.

  3. 3

    What an easy, quick dinner! Thanks for this!! 🙂

  4. 4

    That looks great — I can eat baked pasta any time of year, any kind of weather. I just prefer to have someone else make it for me.

  5. 5

    I’m so into carbs right now (ok, let’s be honest, I’m always into carbs!) and this looks so amazing!

  6. 6

    Another great pasta dish! Love!

  7. 7

    Oh wow, this looks great. Very similar to something my Dad has made many times. Love it!

  8. 8

    I will have to check my Target to see if they carry this too- thanks for the tip!

  9. 9

    I don’t care if it’s 105 degrees and so humid I look like Frosty outside in July, baking pasta is a must. Mmmm, mmm good! To bad I am reading this on the day I skipped lunch {grumble}

  10. 10

    mi piace la foto dei bucatini crudi!!! sembrano un fuoco d’artificio

  11. 11

    This looks so tasty! Beautiful presentation too 🙂

  12. 12

    We adore using bucatini in our pasta dishes. The texture is fantastic and I love it when sauce gets caught inside the hole. Really lovely, simple dish.

  13. 13

    Yum! I love bucatini as well – I’m a total dork for pasta shapes, though. 🙂

  14. 14

    I love bucatini! Perhaps I’ll stop by tar-jay and see what that certain someone has goin on! And that is my fav sauce of all time.

  15. 15
    Lizette /

    Would you add the cubed ham in at the same time as the mozzarella?

    • 15.1

      Hi Lizette, Yes, when I add the ham it would go in at the same time as the Mozzarella : )

  16. 16

    It great to have a few dinners you can just pop in the oven and move onto other things! This looks lovely.

  17. 17
    Ann /

    This sounds wonderful. Are you using chicken stock for this recipe?

  18. 18

    Tar-jay!? Who knew, great to know, especially since I feel like I live there!

  19. 19

    This is why I don’t eat pasta a lot….dishes like this? I have no shut off button. Looks delish!

  20. 20

    Our weather has been just plain polar… so a nice warming dish of baked pasta like this would be just what the doctor ordered!

  21. 21

    I saw your blog thru Tasty Kitchens. I love bucatini but can never find it locally. I can’t wait to go to tarjay (Ithought I’d never say that!) Thanks for the info!

  22. 22

    Target has bucatini?! It’s a favorite around the house but I usually have to go to a specialty store for it. Thanks for the tip! 🙂

  23. 23
    Jason /

    Simple and elegant.

  24. 24

    Oh, looks so delicious and comforting! And I HAVE searched for bucatini before to no avail! I never thought to look at Giada’s pasta line. Thanks!

  25. 25

    This sounds amazing!! I frequently love the effect of baked pasta, but do it stove top. Mixing pasta with sauce and cheese and put the lid on. After cheese is all melted…mix thoroughly. It has the baked flavor for us without turning the oven on. THANKS for sharing!!!

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