A Pasta That Looks Like A Straw
I thought I had heard about most pasta types, but this was a new one to me. I'm still determining how it ended up in our pantry, except I must have grabbed it when purchasing a bunch of what I thought were boxes of spaghetti.
We served the pasta as a side dish for something I made and gave it to the girls with butter, peas, and freshly grated Parmesan cheese for dinner. When the girls started twirling in their mouths and sucking up the end of the strands, they noticed a whole running the length of the pasta.
When they told me the pasta had a hole in it, I played along and said, "Yeah, right. Why don't you use it like a straw and drink some of your milk?"
Sure enough, they did, so I checked it out myself, and the pasta had a tiny hole running through the middle of it. So the perciatelli noodle, pronounced "pear-chuh-TELL-lee" and sometimes called bucatini, looks just like spaghetti but only fatter and with a tiny hole.
Great for serving with hearty meat sauces like Bolognese because of its thicker texture, but it also works well in classic Italian soups like Minestrone. And I can say from experience it is excellent with just butter and grated cheese, although be prepared to watch your kids "play" with their food. You may find yourself playing with it yourself.
How to Cook Pasta
Everyone knows how to cook pasta, but there are a few hints and tips that will make you even better.
Check out my Pasta Tips page for some helpful hints. And for a listing of some of my favorite pasta recipes, check out my Pasta Recipes page.
Where to Buy It
You're likely not going to find this pasta at your local supermarket but will have to look for it at a special market or Italian grocer. I found mine by accident, so I can't even tell you where I purchased it, but I'm sure you can find it online too. If you have a recipe for perciatelli, you can try substituting linguini or fettuccine, but what fun would that be?