Bucatini is a hearty, hollow, spaghetti-like pasta. You can easily substitute linguine or fettuccine if you prefer.
Cook pasta in boiling salted water according to package directions; drain, reserving 1 cup hot pasta water.
Sauté pancetta, shallots, and garlic in a large skillet over medium heat 6 to 7 minutes or until pancetta is golden and shallots are tender. Add cream, cheese, and hot cooked pasta; cook, stirring constantly, 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Stir in 3/4 to 1 cup reserved pasta water until creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a serving dish. Sprinkle with figs and basil. Serve immediately.
Easy and so, so tasty. Very rich. It wasn't nearly as good the next day, so plan to eat it immediately.