Chunky Tomato Sauce with Bucatini Pasta

Prep Time: 35 Min.
Total Time: 35 Min.
Servings: 6

Each region in Italy has a favorite way to eat Pasta. In Rome, two classics are the cabonara and cacio e pepe.


  • PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 12 ounces dry bucatini pasta or spaghetti, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup julienned zucchini
  • 1/2 cup julienned yellow bell pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped red bell pepper (2 cup = about 2 large)
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion (1 cup = about 1 large)
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz each) Hunt's™ diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil (3/4 cup = about 1 oz)
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired


An easy-to-make chunky tomato sauce loaded with fresh veggies served over fun-shaped pasta.

1 Serving: (1 cup pasta with about 1/2 cup sauce each) Calories 343; Total Fat 6 g (Saturated Fat 1 g); Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 504 mg; Carbohydrate 60 g; (Dietary Fiber 6 g, Sugars 8 g); Protein 11 g
% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 45%; Vitamin C 202%; Calcium 6%; Iron 20%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, spray large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Add zucchini, yellow bell pepper and salt. Cook and stir 2 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Remove from skillet; keep warm.
  2. Add oil to skillet. Add red bell pepper, onion and garlic; cook 8 to 10 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring frequently.
  3. Add undrained tomatoes, basil and vinegar. Cook and stir 3 minutes or until hot.
  4. Serve tomato sauce over pasta. Top with reserved vegetables; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Recipe Tips

  • To julienne vegetables, cut them into thin, match-like pieces, about 1-1/2 inches long. This can be done with a chef's knife or using a piece of equipment called a mandoline.