Tested till perfect Spicy Bucatini With Roasted Tomatoes
Spicy Bucatini With Roasted Tomatoes
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Spicy Bucatini With Roasted Tomatoes

Sweet, pungent basil has a reputation for being an herb of romance. Pair it with a touch of hot pepper to help ignite the fire, and you're in for a fun evening. Roasting the tomatoes concentrates their sweetness and flavour, even if they're out of season. If you prefer a mild pasta, use only a pinch of the hot pepper flakes.

By Melanie Stuparyk and The Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: February 2013

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
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  • Prep time 25 minutes
  • Total time 1 hour
  • Portion size 2


  • 2 cups 2cupscherry tomatocherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspolive oil
  • 1 pinch 1pinchpepper
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupchopped pancetta, (about 33 g)
  • 2 2cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tsphot pepper flakes
  • 4 4kalamata olivekalamata olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 6 oz 6ozbucatini pasta
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspcoarsely chopped fresh basil
  • 1 pinch 1pinchsalt
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspgrated parmesan cheese
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In small bowl, toss together tomatoes, 1 tsp of the oil and pepper. Place, cut side up, on foil-lined baking sheet; roast in 325ºF (160ºC) oven until shrivelled and starting to brown, about 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, in nonstick skillet, cook pancetta over medium-high heat until crisp, about 6 minutes. With slotted spoon, remove to paper towel–lined plate to drain.

Add remaining oil, garlic and hot pepper flakes to skillet; cook over medium heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Mix in olives and tomatoes.

Meanwhile, in large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and return to pot. Toss with tomato mixture, basil and salt. Serve topped with pancetta and Parmesan cheese.

Nutritional Information Per serving: about

cal 566 pro 18g total fat 23g sat. fat 5g
carb 72g dietary fibre 6g sugar 5g chol 23mg
sodium 746mg potassium 460mg

% RDI:

calcium 7 iron 28 vit A 15 vit C 32
folate 86
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