Bucatini Bolognese & Pots De Cream Recipe

November 27, 2018

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Bucatini Bolognese

Photography by The Dani Creative

When people ask me what my favorite meal is, they’re always surprised to hear me say, “boxed spaghetti – you know the dry pasta that you can buy at the grocery store?” I dine out several times a week at fine-dining restaurants and while the food is delicious and beautifully plated, my favorite meal is just simple pasta noodles with sauce at home. Add a chocolate dessert and a glass of wine and I’m a happy camper!

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My go-to is usually just spaghetti noodles with Arrabbiata sauce but today I’m making a more elevated pasta, bucatini bolognese. Paired with silky, chocolatey pots de creme for dessert and a bottle of Landmark Vineyards 2016 Overlook Pinot Noir.


Landmark Vineyards Pinot Noir

My number one tip when it comes to cooking is to start by pouring yourself a glass of wine. For this meal, I’m pairing the Landmark Vineyards 2016 Overlook Pinot Noir – a beautiful blend of handcrafted, quality wine produced from its own estate vineyards in the Russian River Valley. I love how medium-bodied this Pinot Noir is with flavors of red and black cherry, ripe raspberries and spice notes of cinnamon, vanilla, cedar, dried orange peel, leather, cocoa, and a hint of purple flowers!

Landmark Vineyards‘ of Sonoma County specializes in luxury Chardonnay and Pinot Noir sourced from California’s finest winegrowing regions. Whether you’re celebrating for the holidays coming up or enjoying a meal at home like myself, Landmark Vineyards wines make it an affordable treat for only $25! You can find Landmark Vineyards in Austin at H-E-B, Central Market, Twin Liquors, and Wheatsville. To see a full list of locations, click here.




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Cooking bucatini pasta

What is bucatini you ask? Bucatini is a thick spaghetti pasta with a hollow center which means it gets filled with sauce and because there’s a hollow center, the pasta is chewier and more fun to eat. I had bucatini in Rome last year and was obsessed with it and was so happy when I found it at my local grocery store!


Bucatini Bolognese

Make sure you cook the bucatini noodles a little bit before al dente because the noodles will cook in the bolognese sauce.


Bucatini Bolognese

COOKING TIP: Add a couple of pats of butter to your pasta and toss to combine as it melts – the pasta becomes more creamy!


Bucatini Bolognese

Serve bucatini bolognese with Parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, and of course, a glass of Landmark Vineyards 2016 Overlook Pinot Noir!


Chocolate pots de cream


And for dessert, chocolate pots de creme – I was so surprised how easy it was to make. Can’t believe I’ve been paying for this at the restaurants!


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Chocolate pots de creme


This is what the baking pan filled with water should look like. This allows the pots de creme to steam in the oven. Make sure the water doesn’t spill into the mixture.


Chocolate pots de creme



Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.