The long strands of bucatini are pierced, which helps them absorb the sauce. The classic pairing is with all'Amatriciana. We've added prawns to a tomato sauce spiked with the chilli.
- 400 gm dried bucatini
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 300 gm peeled and cleaned uncooked prawns, halved lengthways
- 2 tsp tomato paste
- 2 tsp oregano
- Dried chilli flakes, to serve
Fra diavolo sauce
- 800 gm mixed cherry tomatoes, halved if large
- 4 garlic cloves, bruised
- 3 red birdseye chillies, coarsely chopped
- 200 ml extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 oregano sprig
- 1For fra diavolo sauce, preheat oven to 200°C. Toss ingredients together in a roasting pan and roast until tender and starting to caramelise at the edges (40-45 minutes). Transfer a large spoonful of tomatoes to a plate and discard oregano sprig. Pulse remaining mixture in a food processor to your preferred consistency. Season to taste and keep warm.
- 2Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until al dente (7-9 minutes). Drain, reserving a little pasta water, then return pasta to pan with sauce and 1-2 tbsp reserved water to loosen. Add the reserved tomatoes, season to taste, toss to combine and keep warm.
- 3Heat oil in a frying pan over high heat. Add prawns, tomato paste and oregano, and stir occasionally until prawns are just cooked (2-3 minutes). Add to pasta, adjust seasoning and serve scattered with a pinch of chilli flakes.
Drink Suggestion: Full-bodied Sicilian nero d’Avola Drink suggestion by Max Allen