every lidl helps

Basic Bucatini

In Recipes on May 7, 2009 at 11:59


Only the second pasta dish to find it’s way onto the SD blog, which is odd because  I love it.  It’s filling,  so so quick, and it’s really healthy if you don’t load it with cheese (or eat too much!)

This one I made up with some bucatini bought from the supermarket.  I’ve never had it before, but it’s nice to have a change.. essentially it’s just ordinary spaghetti with a hole running through the middle, which makes sucking pieces up slightly harder!  For the other ingredients I just raided the fridge, although I did go to the veg shop specially to get the basil.  We should really get growing our own again…

– SD –


Dried bucatini, a handful (£0.25)

Basil, a good handful chopped up (£0.40)

Tomatoes, 6 cherry and one standard size – what was left (£0.80)

Black olives, approx. 15 sliced up (£0.15 – from a giant jar)

7 Garlic cloves, in sunflower oil and chilli (the preserved kind from a jar) (£0.40 – I bought them reduced a while back)

Olive oil

Approx cost: £2.00

– SD –


I brought a pan of water to the boil, and gently pushed the pasta down into it so all the pieces stayed intact, and left to cook for approx. 10 minutes.

Using a little olive oil, and a bit of the chilli oil from the jar of garlic I gently cooked the tomatoes until the skins were all wrinkly and then took them from the heat.

Once the pasta was cooked and drained, I  stirred in the basil, olives and tomatoes and drizzled a little more olive oil and chilli oil into it, and kept stirring until all the pasta was nicely coated.

I then garnished with a little bit of fresh basil and lots of black pepper and served.  Simple.

– SD –

Washing up count. Two saucepans, one wooden spoon, a spaghetti spoon, sharp knife, and a teaspoon for scooping stuff out of jars = 6.  If we’re adding and taking away points for washing up effort then it’s more realisticly a 3, because it was all easy to wash up.


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