Bucatini with Sausage in a Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

I just don’t think life would be rightly fair if bistro week didn’t include ohhhh let’s see, ANOTHER pasta dish.

Ya know, I’m going to really miss bistro week. I’m starting to get used to my mustache.

Okay so bucatini. Have you ever had it? It’s like a thick spaghetti with a hole down the center. Just like the hole in the center of my heart.

Oh wait, that…wasn’t meant for your ears. This is awkward.

Um, anyway, see those holes?! How on Earth do you think they did that? There has to be a special hole center making pasta Leprechaun running a highly successful business in the top of an oak tree or something. It’s the only thing that makes sense.

Oh! I wonder if he’s hiring.

If the pasta wasn’t enough to make you want to fly higher than Bette Midler’s eagle, this sauce will. Pureed roasted red peppers simmering with sauteed garlic and perfectly browned Italian sausage?


SAID.                                                                                   KNOCK.


YOU.                                                                                   OUT.


Seeeeeeeeeriously. My face is hurting just imagining all of the glorious chewing.

Ugh, I would arm wrestle a baby puppy for one more bite.

Bette Midler just called. She wants her eagle back.

What it took for 2:

* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 3 Italian sausage links, casings removed
* 2 (7 oz) jars roasted red peppers
* 1/2 cup chicken stock
* 1/2 pound bucatini
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium-high. Add the garlic and bloom 30 seconds. Add the sausage and cook, breaking up with a spoon, until browned all over, 6 minutes.

In a small food processor, blitz the red peppers until combined and smooth. Pour the sauce into the sausage and stir until combined. Add the chicken stock, a good pinch of salt and pepper, and simmer for 20 minutes.

In the meantime, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the bucatini and cook until al dente, about 12 minutes.

Add the bucatini to the sauce and toss to combine.

Plate up and garnish with fresh parmesan shavings and another good grind of pepper. Aaaand freak.

* if you prefer a thicker sauce, add a little cornstarch and water mixture and you’re good to go.

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46 Responses to Bucatini with Sausage in a Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

  1. Jennifer February 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm #
    I just wanted to write here and let you know that I've been following your blog for the past few weeks and I'm so thankful for it! Your recipes are quick enough for me to try during the week and yet still challenging enough for a person learning how to cook :) Thank you for the amazing recipes!!! Its become one of the highlights of my morning routines when I get into work. Lots of love from Toronto, Canada! Btw, this one made me drool..
  2. Shaina February 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm #
    Mmm. Spicy sausage. Red peppers. Parmesan. Sign me up.
  3. Megan @ Country Cleaver February 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm #
    All of the imagery of Bette Midler's eagle, baby puppies being wrestled and mama's being knocked out - perfectly illustrates the gravity of this deliciousness. V-day dinner, check. Thanks, Bev!! ~Megan
  4. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective February 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm #
    Girrrrrrl! Give me some of that!!
  5. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen February 10, 2012 at 2:49 pm #
    Where do you come up with these things?! haha I love knowing that I can come here in the morning and leave laughing no matter what my mood. How you can bridge together Leprechauns and Bette Midler is pure talent right there. ;)
  6. Cassie February 10, 2012 at 3:12 pm #
    Perfect bistro meal. The sauce sounds fabulous.
  7. Sarah Caron February 10, 2012 at 3:25 pm #
    Ooooh. I don't think I have had bucatini. Totally locating and buying some now. And the sauce? Oh swooon.
  8. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 10, 2012 at 3:30 pm #
    Oooh I love the overhead shot of those noodles. I want to dive into that jar!
  9. Paula February 10, 2012 at 3:33 pm #
    Looks delicious!
  10. Lauren February 10, 2012 at 3:57 pm #
    HEAVEN. In a bowl.
  11. Noelle February 10, 2012 at 3:58 pm #
    I'm pretty sure the gods are sittin' up there using bucatini as straws. It's that good.
  12. Jennifer | Mother Thyme February 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm #
    I could eat this everyday! Fabulous recipe!
  13. Erin February 10, 2012 at 4:11 pm #
    I have never heard let alone tried this pasta, looks yummy though.
  14. Lisa [With Style and Grace] February 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm #
    I surely wouldn't mind doing a face plant in this! okay, the Bette Midler comment, amazing!
  15. Casey February 10, 2012 at 4:22 pm #
    Yum yum yum. I can't wait to try it. (PS you are hilarious!)
  16. Heather (Heather's Dish) February 10, 2012 at 4:40 pm #
    I think I could eat a solid pound of this right now...feed me!
  17. Heidi @foodiecrush February 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm #
    Next to gnocchi, Bucatini is at the TOP of my pasta list, and the brand you chose is my fave--I love the toothy texture and gets a simple sauce to cling for dear life to each lovely strand. Do the Buca-bucatini.
  18. Kathryn February 10, 2012 at 5:16 pm #
    I love bucatini, it's so utterly random. Any pasta with sausage gets my vote though!
  19. claire @ the realistic nutritionist February 10, 2012 at 5:56 pm #
    That photo of the noodles is SO good. :) Ps. I want to eat this. Invite me over next time, mmk?
  20. Jillian @ Newlybread February 10, 2012 at 6:28 pm #
    Ah! I need that red pepper sauce. Looks divine!!
  21. Krissy's Creations February 10, 2012 at 6:32 pm #
    LOVE Bucatini Pasta. I need to use it more often. And why have I never made a Red Pepper Sauce?! This pasta looks incredible!
  22. Julie February 10, 2012 at 7:17 pm #
    I'm gonna knock you out, huh, mama said knock you out. hahaha, ladies love cool J-----and I love your blog! Happy weekend Bev. Julie
  23. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids February 10, 2012 at 7:41 pm #
    This looks delicious. Definitely must try it for pasta night very, very soon. Happy, happy Friday!!
  24. Deanna B. February 10, 2012 at 9:18 pm #
    If the magical elves are hiring, I would like to work for them. Maybe I should make a sign with a picture that says "will work for this pasta".
  25. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com February 10, 2012 at 9:28 pm #
    Love pasta!! This looks so delish with roasted red pepper sauce :)
  26. Margarita February 11, 2012 at 12:19 am #
    Simply delicious?
  27. Margarita February 11, 2012 at 12:19 am #
    Darn this touch screen... Simply delicious!
    • Bev Weidner February 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm #
      Hahaha! I loved the way that read. And I followed ya. Thanks! ;)
  28. LuAnn February 11, 2012 at 5:59 am #
    I have an abundance of fresh red bell peppers at the moment--ideas on whether this would work with fresh roasted red peppers instead? I'm thinking half a dozen?
  29. Megan February 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm #
    Looks amazing! Do you know about how many ounces of sausage you used?
    • Bev Weidner February 11, 2012 at 4:02 pm #
      Thank you! I randomly grabbed 3 links, but I think a pound would be perfect!
  30. Katie (Epicurean Mom Blog) February 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm #
    Omg! I need this in my life!!!
  31. Les February 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm #
    My wife and I are big fans of bucatini. The brand we use is DaVinci, which recommends cooking 9-11 minutes. The first time we prepared it, we cooked it for 9 minutes. It was overcooked. Next time: 8 minutes. Same result. What we eventually settled on, for a recipe like this where the cooked pasta and sauce are combined before serving, is a cooking time of only 5 minutes to produce a nicely al dente bucatini. This is a somewhat counterintuitive finding given the relatively large diameter of the individual bucatini. My advice to anyone making bucatini for the first time is to closely monitor its firmness after cooking 5 or 6 minutes.
  32. Deborah February 13, 2012 at 4:31 am #
    Seriously - I already ate dinner, and now I want to eat again!
  33. Tori February 13, 2012 at 4:01 pm #
    I made this on Friday night and it was a total hit!! With so few ingredients it was a cinch to throw together and still had great flavor. Also, I had never tried bucatini--totally a new favorite of mine! Thanks, Bev, I will definitely be making this one again!
  34. Michelle February 14, 2012 at 1:30 am #
    OMfreakingG! I LOVE bucatini. It's the only thing I use for my Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs! Here I am singing it's praises: http://www.fromthefirstbite.com/2012/01/mozzarella-stuffed-meatballs.html
  35. Megan February 16, 2012 at 11:57 pm #
    One more question... when you put the red peppers in the food processor, do you include the oil that comes in the jar or did you pick the peppers out of the oil? I'm making this for dinner tomorrow night... so excited!
  36. Savannah March 3, 2012 at 4:04 am #
    This recipe looks divine. I found you through Tasty Kitchen. I am hosting a pasta blog meme. Would you consider adding this? Here is the direct link - http://www.hammocktracks.com/2012/03/savannahs-savory-bites-cajun-pork.html
  37. Nickdn March 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm #
    This dish is so insanely good and easy. It's my new favorite pasta dish. Thanks for sharing it.
  38. liz May 5, 2012 at 12:24 am #
    where can i find this pasta...found it ONCE...can not find again...live in atlanta, georgia..
    • Bev Weidner May 5, 2012 at 2:44 pm #
      Ya know, it seems to be one of those random pastas that are pretty hard to find! In KC I can only find it at 2 places. Do you have a Better Cheddar in Atlanta? I'd try calling your local pasta boutique-y places to see if they carry it. Good luck! Let me know how it turns out!
  39. Shiloh December 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm #
    Easy and satisfying for a weeknight meal!!
  40. Shiloh Barkley December 31, 2012 at 10:41 am #
    I found bucatini at Target this weekend! Giada de Laurentis' brand makes it. Found it in the pasta aisle.


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