Bucatini with Parsley and Bread Crumbs

I love big fat sloppy bucatini pasta. They do make twirling challenging (you know how much I love a good twirl), and a little slurping is necessary but I’m okay with that. I understand in some cultures that slurping noodles is not considered impolite at all, instead it’s considered to be quite the compliment. So slurp on. Maybe not going as far as “Lady and the Tramp” style, we’re looking for a happy medium here. Right? Right.

If you’re wondering if you have to go to a specialty store to find bucatini you don’t have to. You can go to your local bulls-eye store. You know the one starts with a T and ends with a GET (ehem they don’t know me by the way, I just deposit money in their bank every week ; ) . Maybe I should consider applying for a job so I can get a discount, there’s an idea. Back to bucatini. They’re long, thick noodles that have a hole running down the center. “Buco” in Italian means hole. Now it all makes sense. One of the most famous dishes (and for good reason) made with bucatini is Bucatini all’Amatriciana.

Need a fork?



Bucatini with Parsley and Bread Crumbs


  • 1 pound bucatini
  • salt
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup panko
  • 1/2 cup minced flat leaf Italian parsley
  • grated Pecorino - to garnish


  1. Place a large pot of generously salted water onto boil. When boiling add pasta and cook until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water before draining.
  2. In a large saute pan add olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes and heat over medium heat (careful not to brown garlic). Add panko and continue cooking until golden.
  3. Add parsley, bucatini and 1/4 cup of reserved pasta water. Toss to combine.
  4. Garnish with grated Pecorino if desired.



  1. 1
    Nancy L /

    This just looks so scrumptious to me!! I may have to run to T-get, so I can make this tonite! Thanks for the recipe.

  2. 2

    Bucatini is one of my favorite pastas ever. This looks totally slurp worthy – yum 🙂

  3. 3

    Pass me a fork please! This looks amazing!

  4. 4

    I would eat this every day, Paula! I love simple pasta dishes.

  5. 5

    I would swirl this stuff around my fork all day long. Looks delicious!

  6. 6

    Do I need a fork? Yes! I love Bucatini too. Looks delish. Glad you’re on the mend.

  7. 7

    This is what I want for supper, right now! I love bucatini, it is the coolest pasta!

  8. 8

    What a great plate of pasta!

  9. 9

    Bucatini is my thaaaaaaaaang.

  10. 11

    What a great, simple dinner idea!

  11. 12

    Slurping sloppy bucatini sounds sublime to me, Paula! Love the simple (yet sumptuous) flavors in your recipe.

  12. 13

    This looks so delicious!! Yum!!

  13. 14

    I don’t think I’ve ever had bucatini in my pantry. 🙁 I’ll be changing that real soon!

  14. 15
    Joe @ wizardhill /

    Just saw this on Pinterest and will be trying this soon!

  15. 16

    I’ve never used bucatini! But I do shop at Target a lot haha, so I’ll have to pick some up when I’m there next

  16. 17

    This looks wonderful! I’ve been aiming to increase my arsenal of pantry-based dinners and this is definitely just the thing!

  17. 18

    Bucatini is one of my favorite pastas. So chewy.

  18. 19

    Love Bucatini! It absorbs sauce soooo well, but now I’m craving a bowl with bread crumbs, yum!

  19. 20
    Janie /

    Bucatini is my favorite pasta (giant thick spaghetti) I saute onions and a whole lb of mushrooms, thickly sliced, in grape seed oil and add garlic and rosemary, thyme, parsley, and a pinch of red pepper flakes & S&P then mix the bucatini in. Of course, I order three topping pizza as mushroom, mushroom, and mushroom, three full amounts please. I’ll have to try it with mushrooms and bread crumbs next time.

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