This was really good. It had a lot of flavor, and other than the pancetta, it was made with pantry ingredients. (I used frozen peas, omitted the wine, and made penne pasta.) If you start the pasta pot while you prep, you can get this done in 30 mins. We would definitely make this again.
Bucatini with Green Peas and Pancetta
azlall2 Posted: 04/02/11
DesireeandChris Posted: 03/31/11
Easy weeknight dish. a little worried during prep that it might me bland but not at all. Very flavorful and filling. used Giada's fusili con buco from target. Awesome!
dmt4641 Posted: 03/21/11
This recipe had more flavor than I was expecting. After I finished the recipe, the sauce was very watery and the meal did not look like it would have a lot of flavor. But the pancetta and bucatini pasta were the stars of this dish. I had never had bucatini pasta before, and I loved the chewy texture of it and how it soaked up the sauce. If the dish had been made with a regular linguini (as a suggested alternative) I don't think I would have reviewed it as highly. The flavors were fresh and clean and both my husband and I enjoyed it.
awedewer Posted: 03/29/11
This was good, but not amazing. The recommended cooking times for the pancetta and shallots far exceeded the time it actually takes to cook these ingredients. Regardless, the sauce turned out pretty tasty and I would try this again - though I'll make certain to watch the pan, not the clock. I substituted brown rice spaghetti for the bucatini (wheat allergy) and it stood in just fine.
maddypotpie Posted: 05/01/11
This was an instant hit! I substituted spaghetti for bucatini and basil for thyme. The recommended cook time for the pancetta is way too long, as another reviewer mentioned. This is going to be a new frequent weeknight recipe.
epestrad Posted: 06/19/11
Holy moly this was yummy!!! It's crazy how something so simple can have so much flavor. We made it as is. I thought the bucatini pasta really added to the dish. It was also really quick; shelling the peas took the most time, it definitely requires some recruits. :)
dschid Posted: 04/14/11
This was really good and easy. Even my kids liked it. I made it exactly as written EXCEPT I forgot to save the water from the pasta. I don't know what it would have been like with it, but I can tell you it was great without it. Will definitely make again.
Cookinfor4 Posted: 04/11/11
This was really delicious -- so much flavor. One of my favorite CL recipes ever -- even my KIDS liked!
racye1 Posted: 04/06/11
Great recipe! Squeezed lemon over the top for and added 'zing'. I loved that it was a light dish (as opposed to something with a heavy sauce) and very flavorful. It was also quick to make (+/- 30min). It will be going on the 'make again' list.
GeorgeNC Posted: 04/14/11
I was not really impressed with this dish. I will try it again with some changes. First I will use linguini not Bucatini, I feel all that starch takes away from the main ingredients. The Pancetta is delightful but it is lacking in balance I feel like it needs shrimp or scallops. If adding shrimp or scallops remember Parmigiano-Reggiano does not go well with this cheese. But if you like the cheese use it and let us know how it went?
ewarnock Posted: 07/20/11
I made a few alterations for convenience/budget. Flavors were nice. I will be making it again. I might splurge next time and use pancetta.
mmmck783 Posted: 09/07/11
Good flavors, especially the pancetta. However, we were less than impressed with the bucatini - I agree with the reviewer above that it's just a bit too much pasta. Next time, I'd go with something easier to eat, such as penne or farfalle.
IoneTaylor Posted: 06/28/12
This recipe is delicious. I substituted elbow macaroni for the bucatini because I couldn't find bucatini, and I substituted spring onions for the shallots. Also, I doubled the pancetta. I concur with other reviewers that the pancetta and onions (shallots) took less time to cook than stated.