A question about a recipe: Bucatini all'Amatriciana

I have a question about the recipe "Bucatini all'Amatriciana" from Merrill Stubbs. We are vegetarians ~ will omitting the pancetta change the taste of this pasta recipe. Also unable to find bucatini pasta at my local markets...any suggstions where to purchase. Thank you.

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Recipe question for: Bucatini all'Amatriciana

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Merrill Stubbs
Merrill Stubbs August 13, 2014

Yes, it will change the flavor, but it will still be good! Bucatini can sometimes be difficult to find -- you can use linguine, spaghetti, or really any other kind of pasta.

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HalfPint
HalfPint August 13, 2014

Omitting the pancetta will change the flavor of the sauce. The sauce will no longer be Amatriciana sauce which is a pork-based sauce where the cured pork provides a distinctive richness and flavor to the sauce. Without the pancetta, it will be a plain tomato sauce.

If you can't find bucatini, just use a thick spaghetti. You might want to try looking for bucatini at Italian deli/grocery stores or retail food stores like William Sonoma or Sur La Table.

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ChefJune
ChefJune August 13, 2014

Although Bucatini is similar to spaghetti (it is a long, round pasta) it is quite different. There's a hole down the center of each strand of pasta, and bucatini is thicker and chewier. I would make it with spaghetti, but keep looking for that bucatini. :)

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